Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Quebec Survivor Asks Why Authorities Ignored SOS In B.C. Backcountry

A barely discernible SOS made by Gilles Blackburn and his wife Marie-Josee Fortin, in the backcountry near Golden, B.C. The message is now partly obscured because the helicopter pilot who rescued Blackburn landed on the 'O'. (Trevor Rockcliffe/CTV)

From The CBC:

A Quebec man who got lost in the B.C. mountains with his wife says he shares some of the blame for her death with rescue officials who failed to respond to their SOS signals until nine days into their ordeal.

Gilles Blackburn, who returned to his home in the Montreal borough of Lasalle this week, spoke to reporters Tuesday.

The 51-year-old experienced skier said he regretted leaving matches and a cellphone behind when he and his wife, Marie-Josée Fortin, headed into the backcountry on Feb. 15 near the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C.

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More News On This Failed Rescue

No matches doomed wife --
Frostbitten survivor shares blame, but seeks answers -- Globes And Mail
Backcountry survivor speaks out -- CTV

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