Search and rescue team finds lost skier, escorts him through canyons and cliffs near Snow Valley

A skier, who went off the trails at Snow Valley ski resort, is safe after he was found by the San Bernardino County Search and Rescue Team, who then escorted him through some treacherous terrain to safety.

At approximately 4:41 pm on Thursday, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from Dustin Wagenbach stating he was lost and his feet were wet, according to a news release.  Sheriff’s dispatch was able to get the GPS coordinates from Dustin’s 911 call and determined his location was in the area of Bear Canyon, east of the Snow Valley Ski Resort.

Due to poor weather conditions, the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit was unable to respond to the scene and assist with the search.  The San Bernardino County Search and Rescue Team was deployed to the mountain to find Dustin.

Rescuers located Dustin and escorted him through multiple canyons and cliffs to safety.

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Dustin was found to be in good health upon his return to Snow Valley.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department notes that during this incident, Dustin had a charged cell phone and was able to communicate with dispatchers and deputies. He was also dressed for the cold weather and was told to stay where he was, and he did.


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