Alberta Man Alive After Being Found in Bush Along Core Lodge Road
Trent Ernst, Editor
Memebers of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department block the road along Southgate for STARs.
An Alberta man was found alive but unresponsive in a snow drift along the Core Lodge Road on January 8.
The 54-year-old Grande Prairie resident went missing on Sunday, January 6 after borrowing his brother’s vehicle.
Sergeant Render says the vehicle was discovered along the Core Lodge Road at about the 11 km mark. “We received a notification from Peace River Coal about an abandoned vehicle,” says Render. “They asked us to determine if it was stolen. We checked the license plate and contacted the registered owner and found out his brother had borrowed the vehicle on the weekend.”
Render says the man had been reported missing the day before. There was no sign of him around the vehicle, so Police Dog Services were called in. Constable Long and his dog Crash came in, and with the assistance of Tumbler Ridge RCMP’s Constable Bos, discovered the man, alive but unresponsive, about 200 metres from the road in about one metre of snow.
“We did an extraction with help of Peace River Coal Mine Rescue,” says Render. “We got the fellow out of the bush to BC Ambulance service. They brought him to into town. He was then airlifted by STARs to Grande Prairie where he is in stable condition.
Render says Search and Rescue were called, but mine rescue was able to get the man out of the bush before they were able to attend.
Render says the RCMP hasn’t been able to communicate with the individual to determine what he was doing there.
Render says he’s very impressed with the response from the Mine Rescue Team. “They deserve recognition for getting him out alive,” say Render. “I was very impressed with the cooperation between all the agencies and partners: the RCMP, the mine, ambulance, STARs, search and rescue and the fire department.”