Sunday, April 06, 2008

Quebec skier went out of bounds at Whistler

Quebec skier went out of bounds at Whistler, then found dead
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | 9:43 AM ET
The Canadian Press
No one will ever know why Roch Langlois headed out of bounds off Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler.

But as Search and Rescue members followed his ski tracks down the north side of the mountain, then found his abandoned skis near Wedge Creek before following meandering ski boot footprints back up the slope, it was clear the 34-year-old Quebec tourist was confused.

Brad Sills, head of Whistler's Search and Rescue, said it was indicative of irrational behaviour.

By the time SAR was in the air and on the ground on Sunday, Langlois hadn't been seen for 2½ days.

He was found dead, likely of hypothermia, not far from Green Lake. An autopsy will be done.

Langlois, believed to be an only child, had been dealing with personal issues, said Sills, which may have contributed to his decision-making.

And he had been known to go off on his own for a couple of days at a time. Sills said search crews respond to 10 to 15 calls a week

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