Alpine Meadows snowboarder rescued by air |

Alpine Meadows snowboarder rescued by air

Sun staff reports

A snowboader was rescued by a helicopter more than three miles from the resort after he became lost Tuesday.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Brian Hackett reported that his brother, Sean Hackett, was missing. The resort immediately sent two patrollers to the location.

As avid outdoorsmen, both Brian and Sean made the decision to leave the ski area boundary and stated that they had seen, read, and passed beyond ski area boundary signs.

Given the limited remaining daylight, the patrollers requested help from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. The Placer County Sherriff’s sent their helicopter to aid in the search and the aircraft located Hackett within one hour.

Hackett was found in good condition in an area known as the Whiskey Creek Drainage, approximately 3.5 miles from the top of the Summit Six Chair at Alpine Meadows.