Snowboarder found safe after Mount Ashland search

MOUNT ASHLAND — A teen snowboarder was rescued and in good health Friday night after spending five hours lost on Mount Ashland, officials said.

A friend reported 17-year-old Cody Sell missing after the pair spent the afternoon snowboarding on the south side of the mountain, said Jackson County Sheriff's Department Lt. Pat Rowland.

A thick fog settled in on the mountain at around 2 p.m., which caused Sell to become disoriented, Rowland said.

The teen continued farther down the mountain after getting lost and soon lost touch with his friend, Rowland said.

Jackson County Search and Rescue crews descended on the mountain with a Snowcat and all-terrain vehicles. They hoped to find the teen before a forecasted snowstorm struck the mountain Friday night, Rowland.

"Luckily, the storm was late and our people reported clear skies and relatively warm weather during the search," Rowland said.

The rescue workers found Sell at around 9:30 p.m. about eight miles west of Colestin Road. They loaded him into a Snowcat and monitored his health during the trip, Rowland said.

"He was a little cold, but was in good condition when we found him," Rowland said.

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