A Toronto firefighter who was the subject of a massive six-day search involving eight government agencies at an Adirondack ski center has been located safe and sound - in California.
Authorities launched a search for the 49-year-old skier Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis last Wednesday after his companions reported him missing.
State officials said they started a search at 4:30 p.m., led by Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers in co-ordination with New York State Police and Whiteface Mountain staff.
"The circumstances regarding this case are under investigation, " a State Police statement read.
Filippidis was part of a group of Toronto firefighters making their annual ski trip until he disappeared and ended up across the country.
"It's a confusing situation, but we will have to let the local authorities (in Sacramento) deal with that", Frank Ramaganona, spokesman for the Toronto Fire Fighters Association, said Tuesday.
When officers found Filippidis, he appeared confused and unable to give direct answers, according to Ramagnano.
Deputies say Filippidis called 911 from the Sacramento International Airport.
"He had phoned (his wife) and called her by a nickname, she quickly recognized the voice and that it was him", Ramagnano said. "He said he was dropped by a truck driver, said he slept a lot during the trip here, and did not have a huge recollection of how he got from A to B".
"He identified himself and he was transported from our custody to a local hospital where he is getting treatment", Sgt. Shaun Hampton with Sacramento police told CP24 in an interview over the phone on Tuesday evening.
"He related to the officers that he had been skiing in NY, he believed he had hit his head or had been hit in the head", Hampton said.
LAKE PLACID -Searchers continue to comb the slopes of Whiteface for a Toronto firefighter who disappeared February 7, some time between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
He was found alone, Ramagnano said, wearing the same clothing in which he went skiing.
"We were quite concerned, and I had discussions with some of our peer support people on exactly what we could do for our members who were skiing with him", Ramagnano said.
Toronto Fire Services Chief Matthew Pegg offered few details other than "he is in the care of the Police in Sacramento".
He went on to thank those who aided in the search.
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