Snowboarder found alive

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By Carol A. Clark

Lost 26 hours in frigid cold and blowing snow on Pajarito Mountain, snowboarder Sebastian Gomez was spotted at 6:30 p.m. Monday by infrared equipment from a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.


The 19-year-old from Albuquerque spent the night at Los Alamos Medical Center where he was treated for exposure and is expected to be released today.


“I can’t tell you how many times in my career a grave situation has turned out to be the best news of the year,” said Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy after visiting Gomez in the hospital Monday evening.


Gomez was snowboarding with two other boys Sunday when one of them began to feel ill and went to rest in their car at the ski hill, State Police spokesman Peter Olson said.


About 4 p.m., Gomez and Greg Blea finished their last run of the day and were snowboarding back to their car. Blea told police he was in the lead and after arriving at the car, looked around and realized Gomez was no where to be seen.


He and the other friend waited awhile, then contacted the ski patrol who searched with dog teams for Gomez.


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