BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Seattle backcountry expert skier has been found alive in a remote area of the Mount Baker wilderness by members of a rescue team who happened to be training nearby.

The Bellingham Herald reports 46-year-old Dave Drulard had been missing for 21 hours when he was found Sunday by two members of a Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council search and rescue team.

Mt. Baker Ski Area president Duncan Howatt says employees searched for Drulard until about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, using people on skis, snowmobiles and snow tractors.

Howatt said Drulard’s wife notified the ski area about 5 p.m. Saturday, when he didn’t return from what was supposed to be a short trip. He didn’t say exactly where he was headed.

Three people are missing and presumed dead this winter after they disappeared in the same general location near Heather Meadows.

Information from: The Bellingham Herald,

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