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Ski pole penetrates 3cm into 13-year-old boy's brain at BC resort

Mounties are appealing for help to find a man whose ski pole penetrated a 13-year-old boy’s brain on Grouse Mountain.

North Vancouver RCMP still do not know if the incident was intentional or accidental.

It happened on March 30, just before 7 p.m., when the boy swerved to avoid another skier – believed to be a man – and was struck with a ski pole.

He was struck on the temporal bone and the point of the pole punctured his skull to a depth of 3cm.

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Remarkably, the boy did not even realize he had been hurt until he reached the bottom of his run, where a woman offered to help him.

He was given stitches for a small laceration but his symptoms continue to worsen.

The boy is now at the Children’s Hospital.

Police are now searching for more information, including about the man, described only as wearing a yellow skiing jacket.

It took place on the bottom third of The Cut, left of the Screaming Eagle chairlift.

The boy was wearing tan/brown ski pants, a white Adidas hoodie with a black logo on the front, and green and black ski boots.

Mounties said they have exhausted all possible avenues of investigation.

“We want to speak with the kind woman who helped the young man,” they explained in a release.

“We want to speak with anyone who saw what happened. We also are asking the skier who was involved in this incident to do the right thing and come forward. Lastly, we are asking anyone who knows the adult skier involved, to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cst. Yushi Ebisawa by phone at 604-969-7345, or by email at [email protected]

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