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Missing skier rescued on Donner Summit

Sun news service

DONNER SUMMIT ” Search and Rescue volunteers found a skier Monday afternoon after he became disoriented in the back country.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department initiated a Search and Rescue mission at 1 p.m. Monday on the summit of Donner Pass near Castle Peak. The missing man, David Schneider, 52, from Berkeley and Tahoe Donner, reportedly became lost while cross country skiing in the backcountry near Andesite Peak.

Schneider’s wife called the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department at 12: 52 p.m., advising that her husband went backcountry skiing alone and was now lost. Deputies reached Schneider on his cellular telephone and confirmed that he was disoriented.

Deputies and volunteers from the Nevada County Search and Rescue team from Truckee and Nevada City responded. The search was determined to be a high priority due to evening approaching and the foggy weather conditions, including gusty wind and rain. A command post was set up at the Boreal Ski Resort parking lot. Searchers used snowmobiles, snowshoes, skis and a snow cat to search the area.

At approximately 3:48 p.m., a search team of snowmobilers located Schneider northeast of Andesite Peak in good physical condition and escorted him off the mountain.