Arrowsmith SAR was called out just after 7:00pm to search for a missing woman with dementia in Parksville.
She was last seen at the Sandcastle competition. Her Husband looked at places she would likely go to for some time but was unable to locate her.
Oceanside RCMP were called who then called out Arrowsmith SAR, the Command Truck was set up at the old Parksville Elementary School. Teams searched by vehicle and on foot. Less than 90 minutes being called, one of the teams located the woman in the Surfside RV Park. Information from the Park residents was very helpful. Arrowsmith SAR is always on standby to help by Bringing home the lost and injured.
Arrowsmith SAR was called out June 30 at 07:00 pm to search for a missing 78 year old man with dementia in the Craig Bay area. He had last been seen walking on the Inland Highway. SAR teams were quickly dispatched on foot, by vehicle and UTV to search the surrounding area. RCMP Air 8 and RCMP members were also involved. After just over 2 hours of searching the man was located under a bridge by SAR members and brought back to his family.
While I don't know them but I can say you have no idea how extremely grateful his family is for your efforts. A family living with dementia has the worst fear that a.) a "walk about" will happen, and b.) it won't end happily. Your efforts are truly appreciated. It is heart warming to know that ASAR has the ability to pull together experienced volunteers and act quickly, we all thank you.
Bless those men & women of ASAR.
We are so very thankful for the RCMP and ASARS teams ♥️♥️♥️ They are the best !❤️❤️ Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so quick to act in finding our close friend♥️♥️♥️
Thank you so much!
Bravo Zulu great community people 👏🏻
Great job people!
Way to go, you guys!
Thank you 🙏
Thank you to all the people involved in the search for a very good Friend and ex Neighbour. I was so happy to hear he was found safe and sound
Good job to find him so quickly! Looks like the sun was disappearing on you….😉
Great job heroes
All of you are great , you saved another person in danger .. Thank You for All your hard work 🥰🇨🇦
Well done everyone.
Many thanks to our local RCMP and Arrowsmith S&R! Your quick actions resulted in finding our neighbour before it got dark 👍👏
Thank you SAR- you guys and gals are amazing people
Wow…things like this get us all misty! We recently received a card from a subject’s spouse with the following message:
"Thank you to everyone that came out to help. Everyone was amazing with their quick action and wonderful care that they provided. Your members training, patience, and organizational skills really reflected on how well your organization is run. The service Arrowsmith SAR provides to the community is so important, and we are grateful to all the wonderful volunteers."
Let us know if you’re interested in joining our team! 🙌
We have 10 applicants that are going to go into our Member In Training program. Over the next four weeks they will have the opportunity to learn all about Arrowsmith Search and Rescue. They will get to know our members and how we navigate through the terrain that we work in, along with some basic Ground Search and Rescue skills. We started them off with a hike up to Wesley Ridge to learn some basic search skills and being clue aware.
During our monthly group training, our focus was Personal Preparedness and Survival skills. We reviewed with the group alot of interesting subjects that will prepare us for warmer weather searches and rescues:
- plant and animal safety - awareness - treatment and care of someone with heat exhaustion or heat stroke - how to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke - critical thinking in times of pressure - interviewing skills when on a search - 24 hour packs and team member being rescue ready
Shortly after SAR members arrived back home from the Cook Creek rescue we received a call from @albernivalleyrescue asking for rope team leader and members to assist with a rope rescue at Sarita River near Bamfield. Seven members of ASAR’s rope team travelled by vehicle to Alberni’s hall and were sent to drive the road to Bamfield. A medical team from Alberni was flown by helicopter to the scene but unfortunately the helicopter was not available to fly more members in or assist with the rescue. When the Teams arrived on scene the injured man’s friends had been able to bring him to a logging road near the area he had fallen using a small inflatable boat as a stretcher. With darkness falling it was necessary to call in 442 Squadron from Comox who were able to land the Cormorant Helicopter nearby and take the injured man to hospital. ASAR members arrived home shortly #HelicopterRescue #hikerreacuee#Sar#asarr#GSARe#helicoptersearch#helicoptersearchandrescuetersearchandrescue ... See MoreSee Less
Busy day for Arrowsmith SAR on Sunday May 22. The Team was called by BC Ambulance at 2:00 pm to rescue an injured mountain biker who had taken a serious fall on the trails off Cook Creek Road. Members were immediately dispatched by vehicle and UTV to locate and assess. Due to the reported serious injuries request was made for helicopter winch rescue, North Shore Rescue was dispatched to stand by at the hangar and be ready to take off. Fortunately, Arrowsmith SAR members were able to reach the injured man and load the stretcher on our UTV to bring him out to the ambulance. North Shore Rescue was stood down before take off. The man was then taken to a waiting Air Ambulance to be flown to hospital.
On Saturday, May 18th the Silver Spur Riding Club held their annual fundraising pledge ride. This year they dedicated the proceeds to Arrowsmith Search and Rescue. At the end of the event, more than $1,500 was presented to ASAR's Ken Peters. Thanks to all who attended!
The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise and The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach held a successful bottle drive last year to help Arrowsmith Search and Rescue purchase IT equipment for their new Operations Centre. The funds from the bottle drive combined with a Grant from The Rotary Foundation allowed ASAR to purchase over $9200 worth of computers and associated equipment. In a pleasant surprise, The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise donated an additional $5000 which will be used to purchase rescue equipment.
Rotary has been a great supporter of ASAR over the years which has been tremendous and has allowed us to concentrate on our work to save lives by bringing home the lost and injured.