Lost B.C. teen snowmobiler built a snow cave to survive in the cold while waiting for rescuers

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“He displayed some real mature choices there,” she said Monday in an interview. “He had separated from his group, and no one saw he dropped down into a really steep section.”

The snow cave, a survival tactic that protects lost travellers from rough weather, served as a shelter that helped Robert stay warm and safe.

“It gets you out of the wind, and it’s got some insulating qualities to it,” a rescuer team told CTV.

Robert’s decision to stay put and wait for help likely reduced the time that searchers had spent looking for him, Severin said.

“The terrain that he was in is lots of creeks and tree wells, all those things we’ve seen in recent weeks where folks have actually lost their lives,” she said. “The fact that he stayed put and kept himself safe and warm, absolutely, the best choice he could have made.”

“This young man made our task a little less difficult by staying in place and having some backcountry winter survival knowledge, SAR wrote in their Facebook post.

Robert, who had no previous survival training, managed to escape from such a dangerous situation by using common sense and “the stop analogy,”  Sandra Riches, executive director of the BC AdventureSmart told CTV News. It includes standing still, clearing your head, examining the area, and reacting to what you detect.

“We hope we all tap into that common sense, and that’s exactly what he did,” she added. “It just makes us smile. A search and rescue success story.”

“This experience has taught me the importance of always having someone with you, who knows where you are,” Robert told CTV News.

With files from The Canadian Press

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