RCMP works with partners to locate ATVers stranded overnight

On April 18 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Nipawin RCMP received a call from an individual reporting that they and two youths were stranded in a marsh in the Candle Lake area.

The group, which had been ATVing on area trails, indicated they had food, water and a fire and were equipped to spend the night in the bush. The Nipawin RCMP quickly began engaging partner agencies to assist in locating them.

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The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), a volunteer aviation group, spotted the individuals walking at approximately 9:15 a.m. and dropped them a note from the air, letting them know that help was on the way.

Nipawin RCMP and Ministry of Environment Conservation Officers headed out on ATVs to retrieve the group, and met them just a few hundred metres into the bush. They were cold and tired, but otherwise in good condition.

 “This is a perfect example of how important it is to pack proper survival supplies when you head out on the trails. These people had supplies with them, and that helped them keep up their strength and find their way out of the bush safely,” says S/Sgt. David Sanderson, from the RCMP’s North District Management Team. “It’s good to always be prepared, especially in spring. The ice and snow are melting and can cause unpredictable conditions, and the nights are cold if you end up stranded.”

S/Sgt Sanderson expressed gratitude to RCMP partners CASARA and the Ministry of Environment for their assistance with this incident.

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