“They should have stayed in bounds. That’s why the ski resort has ropes around the boundaries.” –New Mexico Search and Rescue Type II Field Coordinator Richard Goldstein
Two 15 year old boys are recovering after getting rescued from the basin of Ski Santa Fe. The boys were snowboarding when they went out of bounds and became stuck. Luckily one of the boys was able to get a cell signal and called for help around 7pm. Rescue crews located the boys around midnight and released them to their parents after being checked out by emergency medical services.
It may well have been a different story had they not been able to make that emergency call and they are lucky they could given the spotty service in the area.
“We were very fortunate. He had a lot of battery power left in his phone, which is unusual. Because of that and he was in a spot where he actually had cell service.”
To remain safe on the hill without relying on a cell, New Mexico Search and Rescue Type II Field Coordinator Richard Goldstein suggests staying inbounds and sharing your ski plans with someone before heading out and sticking to them:
“They should have stayed in bounds. That’s why the ski resort has ropes around the boundaries. You need to tell somebody before you go out where you are going and when you plan to be back and then don’t change your plan unless you advise them of it.”
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