Monthly Archives: December 2015


Callout – Kettle River

Nelson Search and Rescue was called out Dec 30th for an unknown male subject that was witnessed struggling for survival in the Kettle River ice just east of Grand Forks. Grand Forks Fire, Grand Forks SAR and RCMP were first on scene and called for the assistance of Nelson SAR who flew one special resource member to the scene and a swiftwater team followed to aid in the rescue.
Before special resources could arrive on scene to aid the unknown subject he was lost to the river. It is unknown how long the individual was in the ice before his calls for help were heard but it appears to be some time. The search for the man was called off after dark as the conditions were unsafe for rescuers to continue.

One the morning of the 31st further special resources from Nelson, Oliver / Osoyoos and Penticton SAR were brought in to aid in the search as well as the RCMP dive recovery team. Around 10:30 am the subject was located in the river by SAR ice rescue teams and the RCMP dive team was able to recover the subject. The subject and investigation has been turned over to the BC Coroners service.

Travel on frozen ponds and lakes needs to be 4” or grater to support human loads safely, river ice can be very unpredictable due to moving water and melt freeze cycles. It is never safe to walk on or near ramped river ice without training and proper equipment. Please pay close attention to children and pets near frozen rivers.


Callout – overdue snowboarder near Creston

Dec 27th Nelson SAR was again called out to assist Creston SAR with the help of South Columbia SAR for a lost snowboarder in the Mt Thompson area. The subject was reached early in the morning and crews were forced to evacuate the subject through adverse conditions to a near by logging road. A very successful rescue done by some strong folks who were out for their second all nighter in the backcountry.

Callout – 2 overdue skiers in hummingbird pass

Dec 26th NSAR has sent out a team for 2 overdue skiers in Humming Bird pass again this evening.

Update: Subjects located on their way out to safety at 6:30 am. They were able to boot pack out after some equipment problems.

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Callout – 2 missing snowshoes in hummingbird pass

Thursday Dec 10th 2015. Nelson SAR was called out to search for two missing snowshoers in the humming bird pass area near Wh2o ski resort. Subjects were located at 2:30 am cold and tired. NSAR was able to hike them the 3 hours out to the Wh2o ski resort road.


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