Lost hunter found after spending night in the woods

 

A local hunter is safe after spending a chilly night in the woods.

Prince George RCMP say the 72-year-old man and a friend were hunting in the Willow River area off Upper Fraser Road, northeast of Prince George on Tuesday. The two were hunting together and opted to go separate ways.  The two had planned on meeting up later, however one never arrived.

The Prince George RCMP requested assistance from Emergency Management BC, which activated the Prince George Search and Rescue Society.  The BC RCMP’s Air 3 helicopter was also deployed, but only until sundown.  Search and rescue personnel remained searching on ground until just after midnight, when search was suspended.

The RCMP’s Air 3 helicopter and Prince George Search and Rescue personnel were back searching Tuesday morning.  At approximately noon, the missing man was located and rescued by Air 3.  The man was in good condition.

The Prince George RCMP would like to remind hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to ensure that they are well prepared before setting out into the back country.  Warm clothes, water, food, a first aid kit and communication equipment like a satellite beacon, are strongly encouraged.