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In the mountains of Washington state, a 24-year-old snowboarder has gone missing.


On Friday, January 21, Vitaliy Datskiy, a resident of Bellingham, Washington, went missing while snowboarding in the vicinity of Mount Baker. Despite the efforts of family members and search teams, he has not been found.

The search for the snowboarder from Bellingham, who disappeared on a ski trail on Mount Baker on Sunday, was temporarily suspended. This was reported by official sources in Washington state.

Over the course of three days, the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, ski resort staff, and volunteer teams searched the forested area with rugged slopes, where 24-year-old Vitaliy Datskiy was last seen around noon on Sunday. Datskiy was on the ski resort's property but went under a boundary rope marking a hazardous area.

Heavy snowstorms, steep cliffs, and an increased risk of avalanches made further search efforts too dangerous, according to The Bellingham Herald.

"Search and rescue believe they have thoroughly covered the search area, and further searches in that area are too dangerous at this time," said Mark Jilk, a Whatcom County Sheriff's Office employee responsible for coordinating rescue operations.

"We believe we are searching in the right area, but additional checks would need to wait until some of the snow melts," he added.

Over the last 48 hours, the ski resort's northern Cascade Mountain location has received about 32 inches (80 cm) of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Due to heavy snowfall, there has been an increased risk of avalanches in high-altitude areas. Duncan Howat, the resort's CEO and General Manager, stated that search efforts are being conducted with the use of search dogs and drones.

The Datskiy family has requested privacy since Vitaliy's disappearance. However, many of his friends and loved ones are posting messages on social media requesting prayers.

Vitaliy Datskiy was an outstanding football player on the Meridian High School team. "At this difficult time, we have initiated a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Vitaliy's family. They are taking time off work daily and traveling to Mount Baker, waiting for news from the rescuers," the GoFundMe page reads. "We do not know what the future holds for us. However, we do not want Vitaliy's family to worry about work and other issues while they focus on his search. If you are not familiar with the Datskiy family, know that they have kind hearts. As friends and fellow servicemen of Vitaliy, we want to help with the search. Let's share our love with them."

The Bellingham Herald reported that Datskiy was an outstanding football player on the Meridian High School team. Photos and videos on his Facebook page show him skydiving, playing volleyball, and snowboarding.