Happy ending for search – Two elderly hunters found safe and sound

Two Vancouver Island hunters were found safe and sound, if a little embarrassed, after a search was mobilized for the pair.

On October 7, a report from the men's local contact alerted the Fort St. James RCMP to the men's absence.

Larry Slogan, 72 and Harry Roberts, 80, were reportedly supposed to be hunting in management area 726, around Kloch Lake or Takatoot Lake but they failed to check in with their local contact when expected by October 2.

Two Vancouver Island hunters were found safe and sound, if a little embarrassed, after a search was mobilized for the pair.

On October 7, a report from the men’s local contact alerted the Fort St. James RCMP to the men’s absence.

Larry Slogan, 72 and Harry Roberts, 80, were reportedly supposed to be hunting in management area 726, around Kloch Lake or Takatoot Lake but they failed to check in with their local contact when expected by October 2.

Because of the two men’s ages and the lateness of their return, a search was begun, bringing in both the Fort St. James Search and Rescue (FSJSAR) and Nechako Valley Search and Rescue out of Vanderhoof.

A team was mobilized, an initial search plan was begun, and aircraft were mobilized to help in the search efforts which included a helicopter and small-engine fixed wing plane on floats.

The FSJSAR used local contact networks to put out a bulletin with many workers in the area with radio communications and a response came in there were a pair of men matching the description hunting near the northwest end of Inzana Lake.

The RCMP helicopter then flew to the area, located the two men and determined they were both in good health and had simply failed to check in when expected.

 

The search was then called off, thanks to the help of the local contacts, and both the RCMP and FSJSAR would like to remind people going into the bush to leave a trip plan with a responsible person and to update the person if there is a change in the plan.

 

 

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