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A top executive at Australia’s third largest bank has been found alive and conscious after spending the night in the snow at a ski resort in Japan, Bloomberg reports.Robert Bell, who is the Japan CEO for ANZ, was found about 160 feet beyond a course boundary at the Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort.
The 39-year-old exec was reported missing yesterday when he didn’t return after a solo snowboarding expedition.
He was supposed to come back to his hotel to collect snow gear but never showed up, so the hotel told the police, The Australian reported.
Police and rescue workers had to postpone a search mission because there was risk of an avalanche after heavy snow yesterday, but they were able to go out again this morning.
Bell had reportedly dug a hole for shelter and wasn’t seriously injured, though he was taken to a hospital.Apparently the resort had repeatedly told skiiers that the visibility was poor and to not go outside designated areas, but all ski-lifts were operating so it’s not strange that Bell thought it was fine to go out boarding.