Search and Rescue had a busy Canada Day rescue. (THE NEWS/files)

Search and rescue answers four calls for help

Volunteers busy in Maple Ridge’s Golden Ears park on weekend

Beautiful weather on the Canada Day weekend got people outdoors – and sometimes into trouble in the Maple Ridge area.

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue had to respond to four calls at once on Sunday afternoon.

First, volunteer rescuers had to get up to Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park at about 3:30 p.m., to look for two teens who were overdue from a canoeing trip. But just as search and rescue arrived, the teens paddled into shore.

Two hours later, two people went over the lower falls in Gold Creek and suffered significant injuries. They were able to get to shore, but search and rescue, Maple Ridge fire and rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service responded and treated the pair before they were sent off in ambulances.

While search team members were helping there, they got a call about two hikers who got separated on the Spirea Trail, also in Golden Ears park. As searchers started looking for the pair, they got a call about an injured hiker on West Canyon Trail. The latter who was later found near Alder Flats.

Search and rescue called in a helicopter to take a team up to Alder Flats, but by that time a ground crew on Canyon Trail had found the injured hiker.

However, darkness was falling, so the rescuers at Alder Flats had to hike out in the dark, reaching their starting point by 1:30 a.m., on Canada Day.

People online appreciated the work.

“That’s one heck of a busy SAR day. Well done, RM SAR,” said one.

Another said the organization may need more money, but Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue replied money wasn’t the issue.

“The big issue we face (as do other great teams) is volunteer exhaustion and burnout. Many of the calls we respond to are preventable.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

UPDATE: One dead after house fire in rural Maple Ridge

Dewdney Trunk Road closed, traffic being re-routed

Coles-Lyster hits podium during Superweek

Maple Ridge cyclist to compete at Pan American Games

Sands wins another grueling uphill race

Maple Ridge woman holds record for the Grouse Grind

Classic cars on display in Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge

Vintage Car Club holds show next to Haney Farmers Market

Beach weather finally arrives in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Sunshine in the forecast for most of the coming week

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

No estimated time for opening

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

Man with gunshot wound walks into Langley hospital

Injury suffered in Surrey incident, police believe

Most Read