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Snowboarder found after missing for almost 17 hours

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DAYTON, WA- 32-year-old Able Cortinas went missing Saturday evening after separating form his friends during the last run of the day. The friends reported him missing right before Bluewood was closing for the day. 

Kim Clark, the General Manager of Ski Bluewood, has told us Bluewood employees began the search at 5:35 PM on Saturday. By 7:30 they had 14 Bluewood employees, called back into work, searching the area and seven others looking into the logistics of the search. Life Flight flew over the area looking for the missing man as well as other local law enforcement agencies who stepped in to help search. 

Clark also took the role as the incident commander and decided to call off the search around 1:22 AM for the safety of the search crew.

The search picked back up at 9:00 AM Sunday morning. Around 10:16, people on snow mobiles saw him on one of the trails outside of the ski area. They brought him up to the top of the mountain to Ski Patrol for what Clark says, "a happy ending". 

Cortinas, the missing man, had hiked out from where he was and the people knew immediately when they saw him who he was. After being brought to the Ski Patrol, Cortinas snowboarded down the mountain to get checked medically and reunited with his family. 

Clark says the last time this happened at Ski Bluewood was 2011.

We tried reaching out to Columbia County Sheriff's Office and they were unable to give any information to us at any point Sunday morning.