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SARDay 2: Dealing with Death

Over the new years long weekend our team was called out to assist Ridge Meadows SAR for a missing person in Golden Ears Park. Unfortunately the task ended in a fatality. Since I decided to try “vlogging” (Video Blogging) this year, I

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Knowing how to use it

Ironically, the very first “live” long line rescue I did was a body recovery. The hiker in question had fallen several hundred feet – 800 or 900. He slid on snow, bounced off trees, and rocks and fell over a cliff. He was strangely

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On Life Jackets

Every summer we’re faced with multiple stories about people drowning in BC. Somewhere between 50 to 70 preventable deaths per year in BC alone, according to the drowning report published by the Canadian Lifesaving society. Being a ground SAR volunteer, I’m not called out for water-relatedincidents

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Terrible thoughts

SAR teams in BC have a pretty incredible success rate, at over 95% of incidents resulting in the subject being found alive, and returned to their families. Of those not found, my experience is that most of them are deceased

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Foot Identified

The foot in a hiking boot that was found in Sasamat Lake has been identified, as I suspected, as belonging to a person that my SAR team searched for just about 25 years ago. Several months back I posted the

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More on that foot

Regarding the foot I talked about in my last post, at SAR training last night it turned out that several team members recalled a search in Sasamat Lake for a missing fisherman… in 1987. We looked into our archives, and

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Foot in Boot

Anyone living on the south coast is probably aware of the slew of feet that have been washing up on the shores around here. Thankfully, a few have been identified and so far no foul play has been suspected. However,

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Death of a Volunteer

I heard about the death of a member of Nelson SAR late last night. News like this moves very quickly in the SAR community. Today they found her body, and members of her team took her home. I have no

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