Missing 17-Year-Old Built Snowcave To Survive Until Rescuers Arrived

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A 17-year-old in British Columbia went missing while snowmobiling but has been found safe after he survived by building a snow cave until rescuers could find him.

The unidentified boy had been snowmobiling when he was separated from his group, according to the South Cariboo Search & Rescue.

Family and friends waited for the teen but he failed to show, prompting them to alert the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, according to CNN. Some of the group began searching for the teen while others went to go alert South Cariboo Search & Rescue.

Meanwhile, after numerous failed attempts to find his group along with the fact that he was not familiar with the area, the young man decided to build a snow cave for shelter until rescuers could find him. (RELATED: Watch These Police Officers Arrest, Almost Tase A Hockey Player On Ice Over Lockdown Rules)

“This young man did everything right after things went wrong,” the South Cariboo Search & Rescue said. “He parked his sled in a wide open area, walked over to a nearby treed area and built himself an incredible snow cave to spend the night.”

When rescuers arrived on the scene they said the young man was in the shelter with food and water.

“This young man made our task a little less difficult by staying in place and having some backcountry winter survival knowledge.”