Yank’s Peak

Yank’s Peak

Another rescue on Yank’s Peak takes place

For the second time this season, members of the Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club rushed to Yank’s Peak early Sunday.

For the second time this season, members of the Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club rushed to Yank’s Peak early Sunday morning to help rescue a missing snowmobiler.

Search and Rescue crews from Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Prince George, and members of the WLPKSC received a phone call from the RCMP during the early morning hours Sunday and mobilized a search team to the Yank’s Peak riding area.

After spending the night on the mountain, lone rider Raymond Repetowski was located safe at roughly 10 a.m. near “Stop Sign Ridge.”

Sue Price, safety director with the WLPKSC, said he was cold and wet but in good health.

“A huge thank you to Rick Seibert, Jason Drodge, Gilbert Quesnelle, Dawn Unruh, Kevin Unruh, Matt Gertzen, Mitch Benisch, Goel Rauch and Gord Rauch for participating in [the Dec. 13] search for Ray Repetowski,” she said in a note of thanks on the club’s Facebook page.

Raymond’s wife, Laura, said words cannot express their gratitude towards the search party.

When asked what happened Laura responded by explaining her husband had met six riders at the base of the mountain trail and rode along with them until his sled broke down.

Unable to rejoin the group, he found himself alone and later got his sled stuck trying to make his way back to his truck.

“He tried to dig it [his sled] out all night which kept him warm,” Laura said.

The latest search comes on the heels of another similar incident that took place Nov. 11 at Yank’s Peak where a rider was successfully located after spending the night alone on the mountain.

WLPKSC president Mark Snowball said the No. 1 safety tip for riding in the backcountry is to never ride alone.

“It’s a good wakeup for the beginning of the season,” he said following the Nov. 11 incident.

“The biggest thing is don’t be riding alone.”

This Thursday evening, Dec. 17, the WLPKSC and Central Cariboo Search and Rescue are meeting to discuss search protocol moving forward in the season.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Kristy Alphonse Palmantier was crowned Williams Lake Stampede Queen in 1981. She has four children (Jody Palmantier, Davee Palmantier, Julie Doerfling and Sky Moses) as well as four grandchildren including Ace, Chance, Xidi and Ryder who was born last month. Alphonse Palmantier lives in Sugar Cane and in her spare time loves to be out on the land and hunt and fish with her partner CraigHilker. (Kristy Palmantier Facebook photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Roots run deep for Kristy Alphonse Palmantier

Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune

Spreading positivity through music is one way Cleary Manning tries to make the community better

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

Most Read