Skiers rescued, cited for being out of bounds

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - Two skiers rescued by Douglas County Search and Rescue have been cited for being out of bounds.

About 5PM Thursday, February 22, 2018, Douglas County dispatch got a call from two men who reported getting lost while skiing at Heavenly Ski Resort. They said they had some water, but were wet and cold, their cell phone batteries were diminished, and one of them suffered from a medical condition.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team launched a search and rescue mission. About three hours later, both men were located in Mott Canyon on the east side of the Carson Range. The men were identified as 24-year-old Timothy Dane from Branford, Connecticut and 25-year-old Eshai Delacruz of San Francisco.

Search and Rescue pulled Delacruz from the area, and he was cited for Skiing Out of Bounds, which carries a bail/fine of $640. Dane was unable to get out due to a medical condition unrelated to getting lost while skiing.

Seach and Rescue requested a helicopter evacuation from NAS Fallon, but that was not possible because of the weather. SAR erected emergency shelters and remained with Dane through the night, with another SAR team taking medication to Dane.

El Dorado County and Washoe County Search and Rescue assisted in the operation.

With improved weather conditions Friday morning, NAS Fallon launched a Blackhawk rescue helicopter, and lifted Dane from the scene, taking him to the Minden Airport, where he was met by paramedics from the East Fork Fire Protection District and deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Dane declined treatment, and was also cited for Skiing Out of Bounds.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that skiing out of bounds is against the law, and endangers the participants, and those who have to assist them when they become lost or hurt. The office is also reminding people who recreate in the back country to limit activities to those that do not exceed any limitations you may have due to medical or physical conditions.