Rescue efforts are commended

Seeing the entire search effort live was almost surreal

As an active volunteer in the community, I was humbled by a combined professional and volunteer effort I witnessed the night of Aug. 3.

A friend’s autistic 16-year-old son went missing on a hike about 10 kilometres south of Silver Lake at 3:30 p.m. Within 30 minutes of a call in, RCMP and Conservation Service officers were on site. Next to arrive were Chilliwack Search and Rescue, whose hikers searched on foot, in difficult terrain. Once Hope Search and Rescue finished yet another previous call, they arrived. Two helicopters had already combed the area. The boy’s father was constantly comforted and attended to. It was one thing to watch the coordination and excellence of the professionals, but it was a whole other thing to see the volunteers with both Search and Rescue outfits give of themselves in order to help others. One “call” to the next, head lamps adorned, well hydrated, off the volunteers went into the dark woods. At 11:30 p.m., the boy was found on the same road walking towards the command centre.

A storybook ending for all these people’s efforts, care, and selflessness. What tremendous citizens they all are. I had seen the 50th anniversary insert in the The Hope Standard on Hope Search and Rescue, but seeing the entire effort live was almost surreal. Hats off to these folks, and a huge thanks to every one of them!

Scott Fyall,

Hope

 

 

 

Just Posted

Preliminary inquiry set for man accused of killing Belgian tourist

Sean McKenzie charged with killing Amelie Sakkalis, 28 on Aug. 22 near Boston Bar

Vehicle stolen from under eyes of Hope resident

Resident on Beacon Road left vehicle running and theives pounced

Dead salmon left to rot along the Fraser River angers sportfishing group

Found among the chum dumped on the gravel bar were endangered Thompson River steelhead

Are Chilliwack gas prices too high? Some say yes

The amount at the pumps has locals fuming over what they say are too-high gas prices

Mental health first aid course comes to Chilliwack

The two-day course will take place at the Coast Hotel on Nov. 1 and 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

‘She’s charging. Oh God’: Mama grizzly runs at B.C. man armed with shotgun

People online were quick to question – and defend – a man’s decision to shoot a grizzly bear charging him on a Bella Coola front yard

Red Sox beat Dodgers 8-4 in Game 1 of World Series

Benintendi has 4 hits as Boston cruises at Fenway

Lower Mainland boy has bike and prosthetic arm stolen

Bike has been recovered, but arm still missing

Canada announces $20M fund for women entrepreneurs

New federal program will provide up to $100,000 for female business owners to grow their operations

Vancouver Island man claims falling ice smashed his truck windshield

Man discovered volleyball-sized chunk ice on his truck Saturday, near Nanaimo, B.C.

B.C. veteran combats PTSD in the ring and on the farm

Cam Tetrault is a valuable contributor at Quesnel’s Two Rivers Boxing Club

B.C. vegan butcher to appear on Dragons’ Den

Victoria’s Very Good Butchers will star in Nov. 29 episode

Vancouver mom creates screen-free kids’ entertainment

Luna Cheng, who grew up in Langley, is one of the creators of BoredBox.

Fast ferries from B.C. spotted in Egypt

Controversial aluminum BC Ferries vessels ’big white elephants covered in dust,’ eyewitness says

Most Read