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Edelweiss skiers recognized for rescuing friend

Trio act like ‘seasoned veteran patrollers’ helping hurt friend

We could all use friends like Kai O’Toole’s.

His three friends were honoured by Sommet Edelweiss ski patrollers on Jan. 29 for helping rescue him.

On Jan. 13 Kai, 11, and his friends – Callum Foley, 12; Jonas Wynen, 15; and Cole Williams, 11 – were skiing laps through the terrain park of their home hill, Sommet Edelweiss. Kai went for a grind on an A-frame box near the base of the park, but fell off it and broke his forearm. Both his arm bones were broken, a bone was poking through the skin, and his arm was bent in an unnatural 90-degree angle.

From left: Chris Holden, Cole Williams, Callum Foley, Kai O'Toole, Jonas Wynen, and Ian Izzard. The Edelweiss ski patrollers presented awards to skiers Cole, Foley, and Wynen after they helped get O’Toole the care he needed when he broke his arm in the terrain park in January. Hunter Cresswell photo