Last night, North Shore Rescue was in attendance at the opening night of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) for the premiere of, the talented Melanie Wood’s film about the team, “Risk and Rescue”. We are truly grateful to the VIMFF for inviting NSR to celebrate our 50th anniversary with them and the community. The evening included a talk on a high profile hypothermic cardiac arrest resuscitation by one of the attending advanced life support paramedics, NSR and Squamish SAR member, Miles Randell. Also the Tim Jones Exemplary Service medal was introduced and awarded posthumously to Tim Jones, and accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Taylor. Moving forward, this award will be given to a member of the community who has risen above and beyond the call of duty on an annual basis. We are honoured to be able to take part in recognizing great people in our community for years to come!
While it was a great night, duty called with a response request from the North Vancouver RCMP. A 68 year old female hiker out for a walk with her dog had not come home when expected. She had left her home lightly prepared at 2:30pm, intending a 45 minute walk, and had not been seen or heard from by 7:00pm. A contingent of NSR members were redirected from the festivities of the night and headed out into the rain and cold. Along with members of the North Vancouver RCMP bike squad, and members of the community, NSR ground teams scoured the lower trail systems of Fromme Mountain.
SAR manager Jeff Yarnold, dealing with a complex network of trails, poor weather, and working out of the back of a team response vehicle (our primary command truck is out-of-service for a refit) coordinated a significant initial search effort. As midnight approached, the likely areas had been narrowed down and he directed a ground team up the Cedar Tree Trail. About 2.5 km up the trail, the ground team heard a dog barking. Shortly after they had made voice contact with the subject and were able to access her a short distance off the trail. Other than being wet and cold, she was assessed to be in good condition and was escorted out to waiting friends and family at command.
This subject luckily told someone where she was going and when to expect her back. We can’t emphasize how important this step is. Furthermore, this call is an good example of why it is important to always carry a basic backpack with you including the ten essentials, even for a short walk in the woods. You never know when you will need it.