Friday, December 30, 2016

Make a plan, stick to it, and let your loved ones know.

Thoughts this morning are with North Shore Rescue  - out and about in better weather, searching for two men, missing since Christmas Day. They weren't able to go out yesterday, and today is improved visibility but high risk snow conditions.

When you venture off the beaten track, make a plan, stick to it, and let your loved ones know.

The two missing near Cypress Bowl were reporting missing when Cypress staff noticed their car in the lot.

Heavy snow will have covered recent tracks. Two days ago, when they were flying a chopper with a heat sensor, they found several others "out of bounds" from Cypress.

Check out the terrain they were in on December 28th.


Kyle Fossett said...

Leave a trip plan with someone. If it is your loved one out there and missing call 911 and ask for the RCMP and tell them you need search and rescue, don't hesitate to make that call. Daylight is our friend when we have to come and find you. If people start looking before SAR arrives make sure to have a list of who those people are and check them off when they return. If you do get lost and you happen to have cell service, don't go texting your friends, call 911 for assistance.
You may know my phone number, you may know a phone number of another OOSAR member, the heads up is nice but the call for us to head out on the search needs to come from a tasking agency (RCMP, BCAS) through the ECC in Kamloops.

We had a call up to Baldy a few years ago, the subjected texted a friend and with the texts to the friend the phone battery died. Once we found the subject we then had to go and look for one of the convergent volunteers, 4 people were sure that this person had returned to the lodge with everyone else, turned out that they were still out on the hill somewhere. We were preparing for a possible long night.

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Also a reminder that there is NO CHARGE for search and rescue in the Province of BC.

colinmcc said...

On Cairngorm, Scotland, (many years ago in my youth) ;-) It was the custom that there was a box at the exit of the car park/entry to the lifts, where if venturing out of the ski area boundary one could leave a note with 1/. Your car number plate, 2/. Your intended route.

So if, in the evening a car was still in the parking area, the patrol would open the box and see if a note matched the car, it gave them a good head start on where to look.

I'm not sure why this common sense measure hasn't been used in Canadian ski areas, but I wish it was..

eye on the mountain said...

Sorry for the delay in posting your comment Kyle - for some reason, blogger kicked it to the spam folder.