Missing Whiteface skier found safe in California


Missing Whiteface skier found safe in California

After six days of searching, State Police said Tuesday the Toronto firefighter assumed missing on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks was found alive and well in California.Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, a 49-year-old Canadian, contacted local authorities in Sacramento, Calif., ending a massive search for him in Wilmington, Essex County, troopers said.“The circumstances regarding this case are under investigation, and further details will be released at a later time,” the State Police said in a statement.The search included at least six government agencies, two ski patrols and several local volunteers. More than 135 people spent a combined 7,000 hours on the rugged mountain in varying winter weather conditions, officials said Monday. Helicopters and search dogs were also called in to assist.State Police spokesman Beau Duffy said Tuesday that the agency did not yet have an estimate on how much money the massive search cost the state.Filippidis had been last seen at the Whiteface Mountain Ski resort’s mid-station about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was part of a group of Toronto firefighters making their annual ski trip and his colleagues reported him missing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. His car was still at the resort.Around midday on Tuesday, Filippidis called family members, who urged him to call 911, said Frank Ramagnano, president of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.Police in Sacramento found Filippidis still wearing the ski clothing he disappeared in, the union president said. Filippidis was given medical attention and later spoke with his two children on the phone, Ramagnano said.“I don’t know how he got there or why he got there,” Ramagnano said. “Rightfully so, it is under investigation. … No matter what they discover, it doesn’t take away from the nearly 200 people who came together to help.”Roughly 80 Toronto firefighters and 40 New York state forest rangers worked on the search team, which also included dozens of other state and federal employees as well as volunteers. A few minor injuries were reported.“We are so grateful to New York state,” Ramagnano said. “Everything was done extremely professionally.”The union president said the search party was “so thorough” that, when they had not found the man by the sixth day, the crew was deeply puzzled. He said the collaboration between six state and federal agencies was so well organized “you’d think it was just one” agency involved.Ramagnano also thanked local businesses in Lake Placid, who donated hotel rooms and restaurant meals, and the volunteers who donated their time to the search for a Canadian citizen.
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Missing Whiteface skier found safe in California

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