A missing quad all terrain vehicle rider was found safe and sound Sunday.
Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, the Prince George RCMP received a report from a Prince George resident who was concerned for her overdue husband. The 69-year-old man had left their residence in Willow River on his ATV around 2:30 p.m. that afternoon and had not yet returned. She and the neighbours had searched for the man for several hours but were unable to locate him. Furthermore, the man was not prepared with equipment to spend a night out in the woods.
Given the circumstances, frontline members of the Prince George RCMP contacted Prince George Search and Rescue (SAR) to coordinate efforts to locate the missing man. Members from SAR groups in Mackenzie, Nechako Valley and Prince George attended to begin the search that evening.
SAR members in a helicopter located the man at 9:30 a.m. on May 23 and the Prince George RCMP’s Police Dog Service team was then able to reach the man on foot, followed by ground crews from SAR. Search and Rescue extracted the man using a long-line rescue at approximately noon on May 23, as it is the preferred method of extraction in such circumstances according to Prince George Search and Rescue manager, Dave Merritt. BC Emergency Health Services assessed the man once he was out of the woods; he did not suffer any injury from his night in the bush.
“This is another example of Prince George RCMP and SAR working together for a positive result,” said Const. Jennifer Cooper of the Prince George RCMP.