Missing snowboarder found safely

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Updated: 4/02 3:43 pm
UPDATE: 8:54 p.m.
DONNER SUMMIT (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Abraham Finkelstein has been been found safely, according to search officials. Finkelstein had been missing since Monday evening, when he and his father were separated in the Castle Peak area.

According to KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Finkelstein's father told searchers the two men separated after the older Finkelstein got tired and wanted to turn back. Abraham stayed behind to make a run before he returned to the car. Officials said he may have gotten disoriented in the snowstorm.

"The 26-year-old is very physically fit and has an extensive amount of experience in the backcountry," said Nevada County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Smith. "Apparently, according to his father, he knows this area and has been in it a lot."

Rescuers said the conditions were considered survivable for someone with backcountry experience, so long as Finkelstein was not injured.


(Jeff Deitch, © Copyright 2011 Intermountain West Communications Company)
(Jeff Deitch, © Copyright 2011 Intermountain West Communications Company)
Original: 6:28 p.m.
DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The search is continuing for a missing snowboarder above Donner Summit.

Three to four search teams have been combing the Castle Peak area for just over a day. But Tuesday night, rescue crews from across California are headed to Tahoe to aid the efforts. Teams from as far away as southern California will be arriving through tomorrow morning, and will work in 24-hour shifts.

They are searching for 25-year-old Abraham Finkelstein after he and his father were hiking to the popular backcountry ski cabin Peter Grubb Hut on Monday, when severe weather picked up and the two traveled back down the mountain. Finkelstein and his father separated in the Castle Peak area, north of Boreal Ski Resort.

The father made it to the base of the mountain and called search and rescue teams after 5 p.m. Officials say the search terrain is large and hard to cover, and the sub-freezing temperatures, mixed with all the snow Castle Peak has taken, creates as rough of conditions as possible.

Six successful search and rescue missions in the Castle Peak area have happened this season, including two snowmobilers on Monday. Two years ago, a man was rescued in the area after missing for three days, so the Nevada County Sheriff's Department is hopeful Finkelstein will be found alive.
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NVAdvocate - 4/2/2014 10:05 AM
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Found Safe. Not Safely. Are you kidding me?
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