North Shore Rescue wants no part of Cypress Mountain's $10,000 bill for snowboarder
The company that runs the Cypress Mountain ski resort has said it plans to issue a $10,000 bill to a snowboarder who was rescued out of bounds.
Joffrey Koeman of Cypress Mountain told CBC and CTV on Wednesday (December 19) that any money received from Sebastien Boucher, a director of finance with the National Bank of Canada, would be passed on to the North Shore Rescue Team Society for coordinating the search.
But North Shore Rescue says it won't accept any money obtained by Cypress Mountain from Boucher. The search-and-rescue organization has long maintained that charging people for rescues could discourage others from calling for help.
Tim Jones issued today (December 20) the following statement via the NSR blog:
The subject and Cypress are negotiating the bill. We have nothing to do with it and will not , I repeat will not receive a donation from Cypress.
The very thankful subject will give us a donation.
NSR HAS A CLEAR POLICY AGAINST FINES OR CHARGES.
We have serious clean up to do , major logistics on our new base move coming right at us , preparing for serious avalanche conditions and tasks etc.
We are a busy team and don’t have time to get into lengthy discussions about this.
Boucher, a West Vancouver resident, was rescued on Tuesday night (December 18) in Cypress Provincial Park, after a search effort that lasted more than two days.
On the group's blog, John Blown of NSR called the rescue a "massive task".
"Our team members were putting in 20 hour search shifts in horrendous terrain in marginal conditions. Everyone dug deep on this one and came out for the good of our team and ultimately for the good of Sebastien. Our search management team worked non-stop, to coordinate the resources and cover off each area, slowly expanding the search area, which ultimately (combined with a break in the weather) led to the discovery of his tracks," Blown wrote.