Central Okanagan Search and Rescue crews find man unharmed

A Kelowna man who decided to take a wilderness mini-break to clear his head was startled Wednesday morning.

On his way home, he was greeted by Search and Rescue  crews who'd been looking for him since the previous night.

"Basically we had a male who decided to go for a walk because he had a bad day, and thought he'd spend the night outdoors," said Duane Tresnich, vice president of the  Central Okanagan Search and Rescue.

There was some miscommunication between the man and his family, said Tresnich, and they called in search crews late Tuesday night when he never showed up. The man, apparently, thought he'd told them he was going for a camp out.

"He was a little surprised this morning when we arrived," said Tresnich.

"We sent an ATV up the trail and he was walking down one of the ski runs when we found him."

There may have been little cause for COSAR members to be on the mountain, but Tresnich doesn't begrudge the call.

"This is way better than anything we could ask for," he said, noting that the service is free and should be used as necessary.

"Just make sure to let your family know what you're doing when you go out," he said.

To date, COSAR has been called out 30 times since January. Their usual yearly average falls somewhere in the area of 29 to 35 calls, so they're posed to break records.



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