Search and Rescue

Search and rescue crews from all over Vancouver Island responded to calls to assist with the search for a 19 year-old man with medical issues who got lost on trails in the south end of Duncan on Nov. 21. The man was found Sunday morning and taken to hospital for assessment. (Submitted photo)

Duncan man rescued after getting lost on local trails

19-year-old taken to hospital for assessment

Search and rescue crews from all over Vancouver Island responded to calls to assist with the search for a 19 year-old man with medical issues who got lost on trails in the south end of Duncan on Nov. 21. The man was found Sunday morning and taken to hospital for assessment. (Submitted photo)
Central Saanich emergency crews and the Brentwood Bay Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue confirmed that there was no one inside a vehicle found submerged off Henderson Point on Nov. 20. (John Harper/Facebook)

‘Quite a sight to see’: Empty vehicle found submerged off coast of Central Saanich

Police investigating how vehicle ended up deep underwater, far from beach

Central Saanich emergency crews and the Brentwood Bay Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue confirmed that there was no one inside a vehicle found submerged off Henderson Point on Nov. 20. (John Harper/Facebook)
Tamara Sandulak, Cody Martin and Rex, reported missing Thursday, were found in the Moriarty Lake area Nov. 14. (Photo submitted)

Couple, reported missing in Nanaimo Lakes area, found safe and sound

Tamara Sandulak and Cody Martin reported missing Thursday

Tamara Sandulak, Cody Martin and Rex, reported missing Thursday, were found in the Moriarty Lake area Nov. 14. (Photo submitted)
Three people had to be rescued Friday night after the 38-foot boat they were in ran aground near Billings Spit in Sooke Harbour. (Facebook/Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 37)

Three people rescued after boat runs aground near Sooke Harbour

Sailors misjudged height of sandbar, says search and rescue

Three people had to be rescued Friday night after the 38-foot boat they were in ran aground near Billings Spit in Sooke Harbour. (Facebook/Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 37)
A grateful Hooch relaxes in his yard after recovering from last Thursday’s rescue. (Submitted)

Hooch makes quick recovery after rescue from Cowichan River

Grateful owner to make donation to Search and Rescue

A grateful Hooch relaxes in his yard after recovering from last Thursday’s rescue. (Submitted)
Search and Rescue Technicians carry a stretcher to the CH149 Cormorant during a 442 Squadron Search and Rescue Exercise in Tofino on February 28. (Photo by: Cpl Joey Beaudin, 19 Wing Imaging, Comox)

Father and son found dead after weeklong search near Pemberton

The father and son had set out for a day of mushroom picking last Thursday

Search and Rescue Technicians carry a stretcher to the CH149 Cormorant during a 442 Squadron Search and Rescue Exercise in Tofino on February 28. (Photo by: Cpl Joey Beaudin, 19 Wing Imaging, Comox)
(Citizen file)

Hooch the pooch saved from icy Cowichan River

Cowichan Search and Rescue swiftwater team called in to retrieve stranded dog from sandbar

(Citizen file)
Two men were stranded on Snake Island after their small boat was blown away by strong winds Wednesday. (News Bulletin file photo)

Boat blows away, stranding fishermen on Snake Island in the strait near Nanaimo

Marine search and rescue team picked up men on windy afternoon Wednesday

Two men were stranded on Snake Island after their small boat was blown away by strong winds Wednesday. (News Bulletin file photo)
Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue hoist a man (yellow helmet) who fell down a deep and very tight crevasse near the edge of Little Mountain in Errington on Oct. 8. (Ken Neden photo)

Search and rescue crews extricate man who fell down deep crevasse on Vancouver Island

Difficult terrain made rescue tricky for Arrowsmith SAR team

Members of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue hoist a man (yellow helmet) who fell down a deep and very tight crevasse near the edge of Little Mountain in Errington on Oct. 8. (Ken Neden photo)
Search and Rescue personnel await the helicopter to extract the injured mountaineers. Photo courtesy Comox Valley Search and Rescue

Campbell River and Comox Valley Search and Rescue teams join forces to rescue injured mountaineers

Injured mountaineers rescued from the side of a glacier in Strathcona Park

Search and Rescue personnel await the helicopter to extract the injured mountaineers. Photo courtesy Comox Valley 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, 51, dies in kayaking incident

No foul play suspected; body was found floating near Lasqueti Island

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

Body discovered floating in water near Lasqueti Island

JRCC reports fishing vessel personnel made the find on Saturday, Sept. 19

A body was reported found floating in the water near Lasqueti Island on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (File graphic)
A member of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue lights up a trail to find two lost hikers in Englishman River Falls Park on Saturday, Sept. 12. (SAR photo)
A member of the Arrowsmith Search and Rescue lights up a trail to find two lost hikers in Englishman River Falls Park on Saturday, Sept. 12. (SAR photo)
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)
A CH-149 Cormorant, like the one pictured here, was used to help evacuate an injured hiker off the North Coast Trail at the end of July. Image by RCAF volunteer historian Mike Kaehler

Campbell River Search and Rescue off to busy start this summer

July and August are typically busy months for SAR groups provincially

A CH-149 Cormorant, like the one pictured here, was used to help evacuate an injured hiker off the North Coast Trail at the end of July. Image by RCAF volunteer historian Mike Kaehler
The owners of a backyard pool on Grant Road (not the one pictured) are reassessing safety features after their 18-month-old son fell in on Aug. 4 and was taken to the hospital for assessment after he was quickly rescued. (File photo)

Maple Bay toddler OK after falling into family pool

Air ambulance called, 18-month-old taken to the hospital as precautionary measure

The owners of a backyard pool on Grant Road (not the one pictured) are reassessing safety features after their 18-month-old son fell in on Aug. 4 and was taken to the hospital for assessment after he was quickly rescued. (File photo)
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
Nanaimo RCMP are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared after a number of incidents involving search-and-rescue crews and first responders that have occurred this week. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

After series of rescues, Vancouver Island RCMP ask people to be prepared in the backcountry

RCMP, firefighters and search-and-rescue personnel have responded to numerous calls this week

Nanaimo RCMP are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared after a number of incidents involving search-and-rescue crews and first responders that have occurred this week. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
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)
Cranberry and North Cedar volunteer fire departments, Nanaimo Search and Rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service responded to Nanaimo River to retrieve the victim of a near-drowning Tuesday. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Rope rescue required after man falls into Nanaimo River

Two dozen emergency responders conduct two-hour-long technical rope rescue

Cranberry and North Cedar volunteer fire departments, Nanaimo Search and Rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service responded to Nanaimo River to retrieve the victim of a near-drowning Tuesday. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)