SAR search after flare sighting comes up empty

Erin Haluschak

Record Staff

Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue are following up with Comox Valley RCMP about flares sighted Wednesday afternoon near Strathcona Park, west of the Mount Washington Village.

Information Officer/SAR Manager Paul Berry said CVSAR brought in teams to the area as close as possible, but did not find any evidence.

“There was no response following lights and sirens, so around 9 p.m. (Wednesday) we suspended the search but the RCMP are continuing to look into it.”

Berry explained the team checked with park staff and the log book to see if anyone had planned a hike in the area but did not turn up any results.

He added the area where they believes the flares were lit is easily accessible from logging roads as far north as Campbell River, just outside the park boundary.

Anyone with additional information or further sightings are asked to call Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321.