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PENSAR Search manager – Dale Jorgensen was called by Victorias’ Emergency Coordination Centre shortly after 0930hrs as an advance alert to say the PENSAR’s HETS team may be activated to respond to an event developing in Manning Provincial Park.

The rescue event started with Princeton RCMP calling out Princeton Ground SAR after Police received a distress call that four males had become stranded in a wilderness area along the Canada US border south of Manning Park Lodge. Princeton Ground Search and Rescue had determined that getting to the subjects in a timely manner was going to be difficult and therefore requested the assistance of a HETS Team.By 1130hrs PENSAR’s HETS team was mobilized and enroute to the scene where they located the 3 males near the US/ Canada border. The fourth member of the group had left before the HETS team had arrived and wandered off into the woods and was later found by Princeton SAR. The HETS Team then extracted the 3 persons via long line and turned them over to awaiting Princeton SAR members who took the subjects by UTV’s back to Manning Park Lodge where they where turned over to an ambulance crew around 3:00 PM.

The rescue operation brought together 22 personnel from the RCMP Air Services Section (Helicopter), BC Parks and SAR Teams from Hope, Princeton and Penticton.

Randy Brown
Public Information Officer
Penticton and District
Search and Rescue