CONTRIBUTION · 20th April 2015
Kitimat Search & Rescue
On the evening of Thursday April 16th, KSAR was contacted by the Kitimat RCMP and asked to locate and rescue one lone male mountain biker on the Fisherman's Trail, which runs along the Kitimat River. The distressed biker’s location was determined to be in a location between the Kitimat Rod and Gun and Coho Flats. KSAR made contact with the subject via cell phone to obtain more detailed information on his location. It was dark by this time and the biker was lost, without a headlamp and not dressed for spending the night or current weather. The subject shared that he was very cold and shivering, as it had started to rain heavily, but agreed to stay put until KSAR could be mobilized and start the search.
The biker had set out on his mountain bike from the Coho Flats trailhead at approximately 7pm that evening without advising anyone of his plans. Two KSAR teams were dispatched on the rescue. One team headed towards the subject’s location from the Kitimat Rod and Gun, and the other team headed off from the Coho Flats Trailhead.
Many large and small trees had fallen across the trails from at least two recent weather events greatly hampered locating the subject. By midnight it had started to snow.
At approximately 12:30am the subject was located. Although extremely cold, the KSAR teams reported that the mountain biker was in good condition. KSAR was able to supply him with warm dry clothing and escorted the biker back to the Coho Flats Trailhead, where he was turned over to BC Ambulance Service for assessment.
KSAR would like to add a thank you to members of the Kitimat RCMP and KFD paramedics for their support and assistance with this rescue effort.
Also, KSAR advises that Kitimat residents should avoid hiking the Fisherman’s Trail at this time as there has been a slide washing out the trail in one area, and an extremely large amount of trees currently obstructing the trail. Even Coho Flats trail has some downfall and only experienced hikers who are familiar with the trail should be attempting to use it.
Earlier in the week late in the evening on Sunday April 12th, Kitimat Search and Rescue (KSAR) was called in by Kitimat RCMP to assist with the rescue of two stranded motorists on the Wedeene River Flats area. Two males, in their late teens, were traveling the back roads by motor vehicle in early spring conditions. The SUV they were in had become high centered on a very narrow, overgrown, and decommissioned road. Two KSAR members were dispatched and they were able to locate the individuals after searching for the right access road to their position. Both males were found in good health around 2:20am.
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