Canada
Lost BC snowboarder apologizes, faces $10Gs search bill

Credits: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

JIM MORRIS | QMI AGENCY

VANCOUVER -- The snowboarder who was lost for three days after going out of bounds on Cypress Mountain says he feels horrible for putting his rescuers at risk.

Sebastien Boucher also understands why the mountain plans to bill him for the cost of the search.
"I feel so bad for the rescuers and the army risking their lives trying to save me," Boucher, 33, said Wednesday. "I am an idiot and dumb for the last three days.

"I curse myself. I'm just happy that nobody was hurt in the process."

In a statement, Cypress Mountain chastised Boucher. They plan to send him a bill for the estimated $10,000 cost of the search.

"We are very pleased that he was rescued but we find nothing heroic about Mr. Boucher’s reckless adventure...," the statement read.

"Cypress Mountain will be forwarding a bill to Mr. Boucher to recover costs and donate the funds to North Shore Search and Rescue for co-ordinating the efforts which saved his life."

Joffrey Koeman, the mountain's sales and marketing director, said about 50 staff were involved in the search, along with snowcats and snowmobiles.

Boucher said he and his mother planned to make a donation to North Shore Rescue and he is considering becoming a volunteer.

"We will be writing an amount to them," Boucher said. "If they want me to pay more, I'm just happy to be alive."
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