Strathcona hiker grateful to Ground Search and Rescue

Dear editor,

I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful work done by the volunteers of the Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue Association.

Dear editor,

I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work done by the volunteers of the Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue Association.

I was hiking in Strathcona Park with a friend recently, when I tripped and fell, hitting my face and head on a rock. CV Ground Search and Rescue were called and two members were flown in by helicopter to help us.

They were professional and very efficient in their care of me, with another 12 members on call ready to walk in with a stretcher if necessary. We were a 90-minute walk from the parking lot.

These good people stopped what they were doing in their busy lives to help a complete stranger. What wonderful volunteer service they give to their community.

We were also helped by more strangers, Patrick, a tourist from Holland and Paolo from Campbell River, who stayed with us until rescue arrived. I was then flown to St. Joe’s where another member of Ground Search and Rescue was waiting. Thanks also to the doctor who stitched my wound.

The Comox Valley is a wonderful place to live. Strathcona Park is a wild and beautiful place, but accidents happen, and we are so fortunate to have a great group of people who give up their time, at no cost, and I’m sure sometimes in very dangerous situations, to help others.

So thank you to Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, the two hikers, and my good friend Kathy. We live in a truly wonderful community.

By the way, I would advise anyone entering wilderness to ensure you have warm clothing and first aid supplies. For your own safety, try to avoid being alone.

Maureen Shipton,

Courtenay

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