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Snowboarder to repay North Shore Rescue with $10K donation

07/19/2013 09:25 EDT | Updated 09/18/2013 05:12 EDT
A snowboarder who spent two cold nights lost at Cypress Mountain Resort before he was found after a very expensive search and rescue operation says he is ready to pay back the costs.

Last December, snowboarder Sebastien Boucher, 33, snowboarded out of bounds and quickly ended up lost and disoriented on the steep snow-covered slopes.

Three helicopters and dozens of volunteers finally found him and airlifted him to safety, but that rescue cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the hundreds of hours donated by volunteer searchers.

At the time, Cypress Mountain said it would charge Boucher $10,000 for the cost of the rescue and the money would be donated to the all-volunteer North Shore Rescue team.

But officials at the ski hill had a change of heart when Boucher offered to work with them on an educational video about his experience. Cypress says the value of that would far exceed what it was going to charge.

But along with making the video, Boucher then raised the $10,000 anyways by holding a hockey tournament back in his hometown of Ottawa.

Now he plans to present that cash to the North Shore Rescue team next week as a 'thank you' to those who saved his life.

"He is just really thankful for his rescue," said North Shore Rescue spokesman Tim Jones.

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