Search and Rescue

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RCMP search for overdue couple ATVing near Summerland-Princeton Highway

Glen Hamakawa, 67, and wife Eva, 56 were supposed to be back home Oct. 1

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(Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)

2021 busiest year for Central Okanagan Search and Rescue

The group responded to its 86th task of the year, compared to 81 in 2020

(Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)
Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue during a 2019 rescue. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)

Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue assists ATVers on 27th call of the year

A group of ATVers had become stranded and one injured southwest of Oliver

Members of the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue during a 2019 rescue. (Photo courtesy of Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue)
Kelowna RCMP, COSAR, Vernon Search and Rescue and BC Emergency Health Services responded to the area and located a single-vehicle collision of an ATV with two occupants. One of the occupants, a 52-years-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Contributed)

Kelowna RCMP and BC Coroners Service investigate fatal ATV collision in Lake Country

The incident happened at approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25

Kelowna RCMP, COSAR, Vernon Search and Rescue and BC Emergency Health Services responded to the area and located a single-vehicle collision of an ATV with two occupants. One of the occupants, a 52-years-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was getting ready to unveil their new West Kelowna location when they were called to rescue two lost hikers in Peachland. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue)

COSAR gear cache unveiling interrupted by Peachland rescue

The rescue group was unveiling its new West Kelowna gear cache when the call came

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was getting ready to unveil their new West Kelowna location when they were called to rescue two lost hikers in Peachland. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue)
Ten COSAR members, including a COSAR dog team, aided an RCMP dog team and helicopter in the search. (Contributed)

Missing motorist found down embankment in West Kelowna after crash

This was Central Okanagan Search and Rescue’s 81st call in 2021

Ten COSAR members, including a COSAR dog team, aided an RCMP dog team and helicopter in the search. (Contributed)
The fishing vessel Island Lady is shown in this undated handout image provided by Dwight Russell. The father of a missing fisherman is asking the coast guard to resume a full search effort in hopes of recovering his son and one crew member of a nine-metre boat that went missing on Friday off the coast of Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dwight Russell

Coast guard helps in RCMP search for missing Newfoundland fishers

Father calls for all-out effort after pair disappears off coast of Labrador

The fishing vessel Island Lady is shown in this undated handout image provided by Dwight Russell. The father of a missing fisherman is asking the coast guard to resume a full search effort in hopes of recovering his son and one crew member of a nine-metre boat that went missing on Friday off the coast of Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dwight Russell
An injured mountain biker is helped by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) on the Kettle Valley Trestle Trail on Sept. 16. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Instagram)

Injured mountain biker rescued from Kelowna’s Kettle Valley Trestle Trail

The biker injured their arm after sustaining a low-speed crash on the trail

An injured mountain biker is helped by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) on the Kettle Valley Trestle Trail on Sept. 16. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Instagram)
VSAR dispatched 22 search and rescue members to locate the couple. Teams from Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops also helped with the search. (Contributed)

Missing hikers in SilverStar area located, says Vernon Search and Rescue

The pair had gone for a hike near SilverStar and gotten way off track

VSAR dispatched 22 search and rescue members to locate the couple. Teams from Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops also helped with the search. (Contributed)
A photo of the COSAR bike team attending to the injured rock climber

COSAR transports injured rock climber via UTV at Myra Canyon

Saturday’s rescue was COSAR’s 78th of the year

A photo of the COSAR bike team attending to the injured rock climber
(File photo)

Hiker rescued after falling from cliff above Kelowna service road

The hiker fell approximately seven metres onto a rocky area

(File photo)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue rescues an injured quad rider in the Cook Creek area on Vancouver Island on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Arrowsmith Search and Rescue)

Search and rescue is free so don’t delay, association reminds British Columbians

Search and rescue groups say a call to 911 is free and can save lives

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue rescues an injured quad rider in the Cook Creek area on Vancouver Island on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Arrowsmith Search and Rescue)
COSAR volunteers outside Kelowna Chevrolet with their new truck (Contributed)

Okanagan search and rescue gifted new truck

Kelowna Chevrolet helped cover 50% of the cost, and the other half was paid for by donations

COSAR volunteers outside Kelowna Chevrolet with their new truck (Contributed)
North Shore Rescue quickly deployed rescue teams and Talon Helicopters thanks to the preparation of an overdue camper. (NSR photo)

B.C. search and rescue team commends ‘excellent’ preparation of overdue camper

North Shore Rescue says good planning from the camper greatly aided rescue efforts

North Shore Rescue quickly deployed rescue teams and Talon Helicopters thanks to the preparation of an overdue camper. (NSR photo)
A smoky view of Swiss Peak summit. (Parks Canada photo)
A smoky view of Swiss Peak summit. (Parks Canada photo)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue responded to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail twice within 24 hours on July 13 and 14. (COSAR/Instagram)

2 rescues in 2 days on Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Two mountain bikers were injured

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue responded to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail twice within 24 hours on July 13 and 14. (COSAR/Instagram)
The crane pictured here in operation on March 26, 2021, before it collapsed while being taken down on Monday. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file photo)

Fifth body found in Kelowna crane collapse, investigations continue

Man buried beneath rubble when the crane fell on his office building

The crane pictured here in operation on March 26, 2021, before it collapsed while being taken down on Monday. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News file photo)
Helicopter rescue team. (Contributed/COSAR)

Busy week for Central Okanagan rescue crews

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was called out six times last week, one of its busiest weeks ever

Helicopter rescue team. (Contributed/COSAR)
Crews from Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, Penticton Search and Rescue, North Westside Fire rescue asnd B.C. Ambulance Service helped rescue a young woman who fell from the rocks near Fintry Falls at Fintry Provincial Park Saturday, July 3. (COSAR Facebook photo)

Okanagan search and rescue crews help with rescue at Fintry Falls

A young woman is believed to have suffered serious injuries in a fall from the rocks

Crews from Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, Penticton Search and Rescue, North Westside Fire rescue asnd B.C. Ambulance Service helped rescue a young woman who fell from the rocks near Fintry Falls at Fintry Provincial Park Saturday, July 3. (COSAR Facebook photo)
Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)

Kids turn 45 C into fundraising opportunity for South Okanagan Search and Rescue

Lily Traynor raised over $1,300 for Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue on June 30

Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)