Nanaimo SAR sees calls volumes rise as weather improves

By Ian Holmes
April 27, 2018 - 4:48pm

Nanaimo SAR reported calls for help are rising along with the temperature.Dominic Abassi/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — A recent surge in calls to Nanaimo Search and Rescue has the non-profit agency pleading for back country enthusiasts to be prepared.

Nanaimo SAR president Carly Trobridge said they have responded to 11 calls so far this year, including three in the past week alone.

She said their wilderness calls for help primarily involve people who are injured and can't self-rescue themselves.

“Or people believe there is a charge for search and rescue, so they don't call us early if they find themselves lost.”

Trobridge said often people too afraid to call for help wait until it's dark when it's much harder to find them.

She said Nanaimo SAR and their partner AdventureSmart will be visible at high-profile trailheads this spring and summer to educate people about how to hike safely.

Trobridge said hiking in the spring can be deceiving since weather patterns often change quickly.

“This time of year the nights are still quite cool. If you're heading out and you think you'll be away from your car for an hour or two always have extra clothing and shelter equipment with you.”

Trobridge said Nanaimo SAR responded to a record 45 calls last year, which were split between wilderness and urban tasks.

 

Nanaimo SAR Top 10 Essentials

  • Fire starter (matches, lighter)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothes
  • Pocket knife
  • Shelter (tarp)
  • First aid kit
  • Compass or GPS device
  • Cell phone
  • Whistle or signal device

 

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