Modern technology combined with the efforts of Central Okanagan Search and Rescue helped rescue a stranded ATVer on Little White Mountain south of Kelowna yesterday.
COSAR was dispatched out at 3 p.m. Monday to launch a search effort for a male ATV rider, who was able to call for help due to the fact he was very well equipped for the outdoors, not only carrying a GPS but a satellite phone as well.
When the call came in, COSAR were able to pinpoint his exact location and respond with nine members, two trucks, two ATVs and two snowmobiles.
Due to the time of day and the fact it gets dark an hour earlier, the COSAR search manager requested the help of the RCMP helicopter as well.
The helicopter was dispatched to the area of the GPS coordinates while ground SAR members were on route. The pilot was able to land and pick up the ATVer and return him to his truck. The COSAR response effort was stood down at the halfway point of reaching area where the ATVer was missing.
“Again, COSAR would like to remind everyone that is going into the back country to make sure they have a way of communicating if something happens or to make sure you let a friend or family member know where you are going and when you will be back. Please make sure you are equipped for extended stay in the back country if something happens, (like additional clothes, way to make a fire, extra food) and stay put. Once we are called, we will come and get you,” said Duane Tresnich, vice-president of COSAR.