One man kayaking by himself needed the assistance of the Prince George Search and Rescue (PGSAR) Saturday evening.
Around 6:30 p.m., the RCMP requested the PGSAR to rescue the man from an island in the Bowron River. He had departed the Bowron River Rest Stop earlier in the day, but after failing to return home, his family called in for help. Upon arrival to the scene, the man was quickly located and rescued by helicopter. He has since been returned to his family.
Officials say the man greatly underestimated the time it would take to complete the trip as well as the level of skill needed to kayak along the river. Fortunately, the man was able to realize this before going any further and had the skills and abilities to start a fire and build a small shelter, while he waited for help.
The PGSAR is now reminding the general public to never travel alone in the backcountry and to always understand the time and skill requirements to complete a journey. In the event a search is required, PGSAR says to stop traveling, find shelter, and make yourself easy to spot. Bright colours, smoke, and being in open areas are suggested ways to make the search process easier for rescuers to locate those in need.