The Terrace Search and Rescue team conducted a hasty rescue this morning for 2 people and their infant.
RCMP were notified yesterday afternoon of a small family that was overdue after hiking the Watson Lake hiking trail.
Terrace SAR got the notification around 4:30 this morning that their support was needed and they were out searching by first light.
Immediate concerns over the welfare of the young child propelled the team into ensure the search was done immediately and efficiently.
6 SAR members started searching before 5 this morning, as additional members readied the helicopter and command truck for more extensive support. 13 SAR members in total helped with this morning’s rescue.
Dave Jephson, Search Manager of Terrace Search and Rescue says that these people did everything right when lost in the woods.
The family was safe and sound after transport and Jephson said the ability to create a fire and have extra food on hand made a difference.
Jephson also had some tips for people planning to go out into the backcountry, or even out on familiar trails.
He says to make sure that someone knows where you are and when you intend to be home. As well, leaving a note on the dashboard of your car with the destination of your hike will help first responders know where to start looking. Jephson also adds that having a few extra garbage bags with you, especially orange ones, will help you retain heat if you are stuck overnight.
Terrace SAR thanks RCMP for their quick response to the advisory, friends of the family for their support in the efforts, as well locals for being patient and helping with search efforts.