Little Qualicum River Rescue a Real Team Effort
On December 12th, Oceanside RCMP tasked Arrowsmith Search and Rescue with an extremely technical and challenging rescue of a man who was clinging to a log in the freezing waters of Little Qualicum River. The man had fallen into the rushing river ending up only 4 - 5 meters above a waterfall where he was in imminent danger of being swept over. Nick Rivers, a 10 year veteran with ASAR, is trained and certified in swift water and rope rescue. He was lowered 26 meters by rope into the rushing waters where he used all his skill and strength to grab hold of the man and drag him to the river's edge. The 30 member volunteer rescue team on the cliff above pulled the two up and the man was rushed to hospital.
Dramatic video of the rescue was shared on social media and was picked up by local, provincial, and national news outlets. As a result, Arrowsmith Search and Rescue (ASAR) received overwhelming support from the community and other SAR and first responder groups. The ASAR rescue team wants to extend its sincere appreciation to the other teams involved in the successful rescue, considering it a privilege to have collaborated with the dedicated and skilled members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad, Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department, Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park staff, and Oceanside RCMP.
ASAR is a highly trained 100% volunteer group, on call 24/7/365 operating in the Oceanside area of Vancouver Island. Our quiet community-based heroes are trained in ground, rope and swift water rescues and are dedicated to bringing your lost or injured loved ones home.
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