Busy weekend for SAR

It was a busy weekend for Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue as the team was tasked three times around Vancouver Island.

Paul Berry, information officer/SAR manager, said on Friday they received a page to aid in a large-scale search for a 79-year-old Crofton man.

“We helped with the command functions and planning operations, and relieving the team since Wednesday,” he explained, and added they helped organize increasing the search from 35 to 70 searchers.

Berry said despite help from a fixed wing aircraft and police dogs, nothing was found and there were no clues found, but he noted a limited search is continuing with the help of police dogs.

On Sunday, CVSAR aided Cowichan SAR with a rope rescue following the crash of a hang glider.

Also on Sunday, but closer to home near Circlet Lake on Forbidden Plateau, the team was tasked with a medical rescue for a hiker with a broken leg.

In total, Berry said six SAR teams across the Island participated in various searches or rescues, a spike which he added sometimes happens on Sundays, particularly with sunny, warm weather.

 

 

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