2013-09-23 14:37 PDT
Another swift rescue made by an RCMP Helicopter has a 55 year old male thankful to be back home with his family and friends.
On September 20th, 2013 the 55 year old Anahim Lake man set off with a group of friends to collect mushrooms in a location 12 km up the Van Dyke Forest Service Road which is 107 km north of Kitwanga on Highway 37.
Stewart RCMP were called at approximately 2pm the following day, September 21st, after the man got separated from the group and they could not locate him on their own.
Several members from the Stewart Search and Rescue Team and one member of the Stewart RCMP were deployed to the area. Members were advised that the missing male was not properly equipped to stay in the wilderness overnight and temperatures were dropping. The man was not located prior to nightfall and search efforts continued the next day with the assistance of Terrace Search and Rescue making their way to the area.
RCMP Helicopter Air 4, was in the area for an unrelated operational requirement but was available to assist with an aerial search. At approximately 1:30 p.m. RCMP Air 4 spotted some smoke in the search area and the ground search crew was directed towards it. By 2:15 p.m. the search crew located the male in good shape and the crew helped walk him out. Despite being dehydrated, hungry and cold from the 48 hour ordeal, the man was in good health.
When questioned about the delay for calling police, the group was under the impression that they had to wait 24 hours before reporting someone missing. This is not the case and RCMP urge the public to contact police as soon as possible with any missing or lost persons complaint.
Air 4 is based out of Kamloops, but like all RCMP Helicopters, they are a provincial resource and can be deployed anywhere if needed, depending on their availability Stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer.
Due to the quick thinking of the lost male, who signaled his location by throwing green branches on a small fire, and the aerial search made by RCMP Air 4, a successful rescue was accomplished.
Cst. Lesley SmithDistrict Advisory NCO (Media Relations)