Missing Tahoe skier found with major head injuries
April 6, 2008
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) ” A missing skier was found by searchers Saturday morning at a Lake Tahoe ski resort with massive head injuries apparently suffered the day before when he struck a tree, authorities said.
The 37-year-old New York state man was listed in critical condition at a Reno, Nev., hospital, where he was not breathing and was on life support, Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Dellinger said.
The skier, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was found with a faint pulse in a thickly forested area about 10 yards off a groomed run on the back side of Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Searchers began looking for him Friday night after a friend reported him missing, but were unable to locate him until Saturday morning because he was hidden behind a tree, Dellinger said.
“Initial evidence looks as though the man lost control while skiing and went head first through the trees resulting in major head trauma,” Sheriff Edward Bonner said in a statement.
He was not wearing a helmet at the time, Dellinger said.
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