British Columbia’s Conservation Officer Service usually focuses on the fate of wildlife, but officers found themselves deployed on a human rescue mission this week.
In a Twitter thread Friday, the service said members had been gearing up for a caribou closure patrol when they were notified by Quesnel RCMP about a miner who had become stranded about 26 kilometres from a plowed road by a winter storm.
The 60-year-old man had headed out to his claim eight days earlier, and was four days overdue to come back.
The BCCOS said he was able to shelter in a trailer, but had no method of communicating and was unable to drive his jeep out due to deep snow.
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A trio of COs were able to locate the man, who had been trying to get out on a “very old and unreliable snowmobile that likely wouldn’t have made the trek,” the service said.
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The man was uninjured, but the BCCOS said the situation could have become “dire” if he wasn’t rescued, as another snowstorm was forecast to be on the way.
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