Search and Rescue

A body was reported found floating in the water near Lasqueti Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (File graphic)

UPDATE: Qualicum Beach man dies in kayaking incident

Body was found Saturday floating near Lasqueti Island

A body was reported found floating in the water near Lasqueti Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (File graphic)
Search crews and Mounties were called to two rescues over the Labour Day long weekend. (Squamish RCMP)
Search crews and Mounties were called to two rescues over the Labour Day long weekend. (Squamish RCMP)
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue was called out two more times last weekend. (Courtesy Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue)

Province could close parks if users aren’t careful warn south Island volunteers

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue hits record high with two more calls last weekend

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue was called out two more times last weekend. (Courtesy Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announces that the federal government of Canada will spend $2.3 billion to replace the military’s ancient search-and-rescue planes with 16 new aircraft from European aerospace giant Airbus that at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on December 8, 2016. The Royal Canadian Air Force will fly its ancient search-and-rescue planes longer than expected as COVID-19 further delays the delivery of replacement aircraft. Defence officials are playing down any significant impact from the latest delay, which has left the first new search-and-rescue plane built by Airbus stranded in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Military to fly old rescue planes longer as COVID-19 delays new aircraft

Planes are all around 50 years old and scheduled for retirement as maintenance requirements have grown

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announces that the federal government of Canada will spend $2.3 billion to replace the military’s ancient search-and-rescue planes with 16 new aircraft from European aerospace giant Airbus that at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on December 8, 2016. The Royal Canadian Air Force will fly its ancient search-and-rescue planes longer than expected as COVID-19 further delays the delivery of replacement aircraft. Defence officials are playing down any significant impact from the latest delay, which has left the first new search-and-rescue plane built by Airbus stranded in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
FILE – Two specially trained members of the Chilliwack SAR team arrive on solid ground with the pair of climbers from Mt. Slesse. (Chilliwack SAR/Tony)

B.C. search and rescue groups responded to 700 calls in first half of 2020

Province announces annual funding as part of Budget 2020

FILE – Two specially trained members of the Chilliwack SAR team arrive on solid ground with the pair of climbers from Mt. Slesse. (Chilliwack SAR/Tony)
Campbell River Search and Rescue responded to two injured people at Cape Scott Provincial Park on Thursday. They used their hoist system to successfully conduct the operation. Photo by Campbell River Volunteer Search and Rescue/Facebook

Two injured hikers airlifted from North Vancouver Island Park

Campbell River and Comox Search and Rescue hoist team rescued the injured from Cape Scott Provincial Park

Campbell River Search and Rescue responded to two injured people at Cape Scott Provincial Park on Thursday. They used their hoist system to successfully conduct the operation. Photo by Campbell River Volunteer Search and Rescue/Facebook
A Nanaimo-area man is recovering in hospital with multiple injuries after search and rescue crews using a helicopter rescued him following a fall while hiking Mount Arrowsmith. (Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue/Facebook).

Nanaimo-area man recovering in hospital with multiple injuries after helicopter rescue

Man was hiking on Mount Arrowsmith with two other men when he fell 20 metres

A Nanaimo-area man is recovering in hospital with multiple injuries after search and rescue crews using a helicopter rescued him following a fall while hiking Mount Arrowsmith. (Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue/Facebook).
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped locate a cyclist who got lost in a trail in Nanoose Bay on June 1, 2020. (ASAR photo)

Search and rescue crews help locate 62-year-old Nanoose Bay mountain biker

RCMP: Man got lost on trail and did right thing by calling for assistance

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped locate a cyclist who got lost in a trail in Nanoose Bay on June 1, 2020. (ASAR photo)
Good Samaritans help three people survive tragic ATV accident at Chilliwack-area lake

Good Samaritans help three people survive tragic ATV accident at Chilliwack-area lake

Two young children died, but if not for Joy Pringle and Hannah Reinholt, it could have been worse.

Good Samaritans help three people survive tragic ATV accident at Chilliwack-area lake
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue services used a rope rescue team to bring a seven-year-old to safety after she fell off a cliff in East Sooke Regional Park on Friday, May 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Seven-year-old girl falls off cliff at East Sooke Regional Park

Search and rescue say she has minor head injury following 15-foot drop

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue services used a rope rescue team to bring a seven-year-old to safety after she fell off a cliff in East Sooke Regional Park on Friday, May 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gary Robbins is running 100 miles uphill on a treadmill today from his own Chilliwack garage. (Linda Barton-Robbins)

B.C. man runs 100 miles on treadmill in garage to raise money for Search and Rescue

Chilliwack’s Gary Robbins is spending the weekend running 100 miles uphill while collecting donations

Gary Robbins is running 100 miles uphill on a treadmill today from his own Chilliwack garage. (Linda Barton-Robbins)
Lake Cowichan RCMP are thanking members of the public and the Caycuse fire department for helping to rescue an elderly woman from Cowichan Lake on April 3. (File photo)

75-year-old woman rescued from Cowichan Lake

Victim taken to hospital, but expected to recover

  • Apr 6, 2020
Lake Cowichan RCMP are thanking members of the public and the Caycuse fire department for helping to rescue an elderly woman from Cowichan Lake on April 3. (File photo)
Norm Ritchie and Tyler Abbott consult their materials before starting to knock on doors in the south end of Campbell River on Oct. 29, 2019. The Campbell River Search and Rescue members were taking part in a training exercise centred around an emergency evacuation. Filep hoto by Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror

Be safe while using the outdoors for social distancing, B.C. search and rescue group urges

Provides list of recommendations so you can come home safe

Norm Ritchie and Tyler Abbott consult their materials before starting to knock on doors in the south end of Campbell River on Oct. 29, 2019. The Campbell River Search and Rescue members were taking part in a training exercise centred around an emergency evacuation. Filep hoto by Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue have safely located a 19-year-old man that went missing in Sooke Potholes area Sunday afternoon. (Tim Collins/News Staff)

UPDATE: Search and rescue crews safely locate 19-year-old missing hiker in Sooke Potholes

Juan de Fuca SAR says man split from group while in Empress Mountain area

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue have safely located a 19-year-old man that went missing in Sooke Potholes area Sunday afternoon. (Tim Collins/News Staff)
A view of the Haida Gwaii medevac vessel deck from aboard one of the 442 Squadron aircraft. Photo by Lt.-Cmdr. Kaighley Brett

Comox 442 Squadron carries out two sea rescue missions north of Vancouver Island

Submitted by Lt. Alexandra Hejduk Special to Black Press 442 Transport and…

  • Feb 27, 2020
A view of the Haida Gwaii medevac vessel deck from aboard one of the 442 Squadron aircraft. Photo by Lt.-Cmdr. Kaighley Brett
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue crews are heading to the Jordan River area after getting a call of two missing adults from the Scouts program Sunday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)

Search begins for two missing scouts near Sooke

Crews headed to Jordan River area after receiving call just after 2 p.m.

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue crews are heading to the Jordan River area after getting a call of two missing adults from the Scouts program Sunday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE. (Black Press Media)

RCMP say search for missing snowmobiler in B.C. now a recovery operation

Police say the missing man’s snowmobile was recovered

FILE. (Black Press Media)
Tim Helmer sits in the Hope Starbucks, looking over photos he took while he was trapped in his car in a mudslide for hours. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Man describes being ‘clobbered’ by mudslide up rural Hope road

Tim Helmer woke to his car spinning in the dark, with debris and water flowing over windshield

Tim Helmer sits in the Hope Starbucks, looking over photos he took while he was trapped in his car in a mudslide for hours. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
A snowmobiler was declared deceased after becoming stuck in a tree well above Morrissey on January 31, according to Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR).

One snowmobiler found dead after getting stuck in tree well near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was activated twice on January 31

A snowmobiler was declared deceased after becoming stuck in a tree well above Morrissey on January 31, according to Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR).
In January 2018, Revelstoke RCMP and Search and Rescue Volunteers searched the Boulder Mountain Area for two lost snowmobilers. (File)

Calgary man dies in snowmobiling incident near Revelstoke

Boulder Mountain is a popular snowmobiling area west of the city

In January 2018, Revelstoke RCMP and Search and Rescue Volunteers searched the Boulder Mountain Area for two lost snowmobilers. (File)