Kayaker Rescued From Bowron River
Prince George, B.C. – A male kayaker who was travelling on his own can thank Prince George Search and Rescue for recovering him safely from an island in the Bowron River.
At about 6:30 Saturday night the RCMP requested assistance from Prince George SAR. A lone kayaker had departed the Bowron River Rest stop earlier in the day and was scheduled to meet up with family in the afternoon. After failing to arrive for several hours after the scheduled rendezvous time his family called for help. The man was located by a Search and Rescue team on an island in the river and was rescued by helicopter and returned to his family.
Search officials say the man had greatly underestimated the time it would take to complete the trip as well as the skill level required to kayak the stretch of river. Once he realized he was incapable of completing the trip he stopped and had the skills and abilities to start a fire, build a small shelter and wait for help.
Search and Rescue has some sound advice for the general public: Never travel alone in the backcountry, understand the time and skill requirements of the activity and if you find yourself in a survival situation, stop traveling, find shelter and make yourself easy to spot. Bright colours, smoke and being in open areas are all ways to make yourself more visible to searchers.