The following report comes from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 37 Sooke Facebook page (link provided below).
1900 – June 2, 2015 – Search Assistance.
RCM-SAR 37 Sooke tasked in the early evening up at Sombrio Beach to assist Sooke RCMP, CCG 47′ Cape McKay and Ground SAR teams looking for a missing hiker who hadn’t been seen since late morning.
6 RCM-SAR crewmembers departed for the 45 minute transit to Sombrio Beach. Our search area extended 1 mile West of Sombrio Beach East to Loss Creek.
We arrived around 8pm and quickly established our shoreline search areas. Using our binoculars, Night Vision Goggles and our FLIR (Infrared) we meticulously searched the coast line looking for anything which may lead to the safe return of this hiker. After multiple passes, at 2300, we were stood down with the possibility of being re-tasked with the Cape McKay in the morning should the individual not be found.
Approx. 0100 local Ground SAR crews located the missing hiker deep in the woods off Sombrio. Tired, but fine, the man was reunited with his friends and safely led back to the parking lot.
Another wonderful multi-agency tasking utilizing both water and ground. Well done, RCM-SAR, CCG, Ground SAR and RCMP.
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