Search and Rescue

Daring cliffside rescue ends busy summer for Shuswap marine rescue

Daring cliffside rescue ends busy summer for Shuswap marine rescue

Emergency services work together to save a man who had fallen onto a ledge near the lake

Daring cliffside rescue ends busy summer for Shuswap marine rescue
Search crews and Mounties were called to two rescues over the Labour Day long weekend. (Squamish RCMP)
Search crews and Mounties were called to two rescues over the Labour Day long weekend. (Squamish RCMP)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue respond to injured biker, Sept. 1.

Passengers rescued from Okanagan Lake after boat takes on water

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was called out twice on Tuesday evening

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue respond to injured biker, Sept. 1.
COSAR and West Kelowna Fire Department personnel prepare to raise two stranded men up over the lip of a canyon off Westside Road. (David Crawford/Facebook)

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue volunteers pull stranded men from canyon

The two teenagers were washed down a creek onto a ledge they couldn’t escape from

COSAR and West Kelowna Fire Department personnel prepare to raise two stranded men up over the lip of a canyon off Westside Road. (David Crawford/Facebook)
Vernon Search and Rescue transported an injured cliff jumper from Kalamalka Lake to BC Ambulance Saturday, Aug. 22. (VSAR photo)

Cliff jumper rescued in North Okanagan

Search and Rescue transferred patient to BC Ambulance

Vernon Search and Rescue transported an injured cliff jumper from Kalamalka Lake to BC Ambulance Saturday, Aug. 22. (VSAR photo)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announces that the federal government of Canada will spend $2.3 billion to replace the military’s ancient search-and-rescue planes with 16 new aircraft from European aerospace giant Airbus that at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on December 8, 2016. The Royal Canadian Air Force will fly its ancient search-and-rescue planes longer than expected as COVID-19 further delays the delivery of replacement aircraft. Defence officials are playing down any significant impact from the latest delay, which has left the first new search-and-rescue plane built by Airbus stranded in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Military to fly old rescue planes longer as COVID-19 delays new aircraft

Planes are all around 50 years old and scheduled for retirement as maintenance requirements have grown

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announces that the federal government of Canada will spend $2.3 billion to replace the military’s ancient search-and-rescue planes with 16 new aircraft from European aerospace giant Airbus that at CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on December 8, 2016. The Royal Canadian Air Force will fly its ancient search-and-rescue planes longer than expected as COVID-19 further delays the delivery of replacement aircraft. Defence officials are playing down any significant impact from the latest delay, which has left the first new search-and-rescue plane built by Airbus stranded in Spain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Search and rescue team airlifts lost hiker from Vernon hillside

Search and rescue team airlifts lost hiker from Vernon hillside

The hiker, who was stung by an unknown insect, was handed over to B.C. Ambulance Service July 29

Search and rescue team airlifts lost hiker from Vernon hillside
For the second time in two days, Penticton Fire Department has been called out to rescue individuals floating the Penticton Channel. (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)

Seven tourists reunited after tangling tubes on Penticton channel, becoming separated

Two individuals thought to be trapped underwater had simply broken free and floated downstream

For the second time in two days, Penticton Fire Department has been called out to rescue individuals floating the Penticton Channel. (Phil McLachlan - Western News - File)
FILE – Two specially trained members of the Chilliwack SAR team arrive on solid ground with the pair of climbers from Mt. Slesse. (Chilliwack SAR/Tony)

B.C. search and rescue groups responded to 700 calls in first half of 2020

Province announces annual funding as part of Budget 2020

FILE – Two specially trained members of the Chilliwack SAR team arrive on solid ground with the pair of climbers from Mt. Slesse. (Chilliwack SAR/Tony)
(Penticton Fire Department - Twitter)

‘It’s all preventable’ says Penticton Fire Department after another channel rescue

Multiple groups of individuals floating channel with tubes tied together prompts safety message

(Penticton Fire Department - Twitter)
Vernon Search and Rescue members tend to an injured cyclist on the Okanagan Rail Trail Thursday, July 9. The volunteer group used their Utility Terrain Vehicle to transport the cyclist to a waiting ambulance. (VSAR photo)

Vernon Search and Rescue aids injured Okanagan Rail Trail cyclist

Group’s Utility Terrain Vehicle proving to be a valuable asset on the popular trail

Vernon Search and Rescue members tend to an injured cyclist on the Okanagan Rail Trail Thursday, July 9. The volunteer group used their Utility Terrain Vehicle to transport the cyclist to a waiting ambulance. (VSAR photo)
A 65-year-old Lake Country man reported missing on July 4 has been located safe and sound, according to a Kelowna RCMP update July 8, 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Missing Lake Country man found safe

The 65-year-old, reported missing July 4, has been located safe and sound

A 65-year-old Lake Country man reported missing on July 4 has been located safe and sound, according to a Kelowna RCMP update July 8, 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kory Nagata. (UBC Thunderbirds photo)

Former Kelowna football player drowns in Fraser River

Kory Nagata went missing in the middle arm of the river

Kory Nagata. (UBC Thunderbirds photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP search Kalamalka Lake Saturday evening, july 5, for a report of an abandoned Seadoo on Kalamalka Lake. Despite an extensive search of the shore from from Vernon to Oyama by boat and on the Okanagan Rail Trail, no seadoo was found. (VSAR Facebook photo)

No abandoned Seadoo found on Coldstream lake

Vernon Search and Rescue crews and RCMP unable to find reported abandoned Seadoo on Kal Lake

Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP search Kalamalka Lake Saturday evening, july 5, for a report of an abandoned Seadoo on Kalamalka Lake. Despite an extensive search of the shore from from Vernon to Oyama by boat and on the Okanagan Rail Trail, no seadoo was found. (VSAR Facebook photo)
Vernon RCMP are searching for Wayne Orser, a 73-year-old man who went last seen at noon on June 30, 2020, at his residence in North Westside. (Contributed)

73-year-old man missing after paddle boarding on Okanagan Lake

RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the man, who went missing Tuesday, June 30

Vernon RCMP are searching for Wayne Orser, a 73-year-old man who went last seen at noon on June 30, 2020, at his residence in North Westside. (Contributed)
Penticton Search and Rescue assisted in rescuing a dog from a rocky ledge below the Trout Creek bridge in Summerland on June 30. (Contributed)

Dog rescued from rocky ledge in Summerland

Penticton Search and Rescue members perform high angle rescue

Penticton Search and Rescue assisted in rescuing a dog from a rocky ledge below the Trout Creek bridge in Summerland on June 30. (Contributed)
A body was recovered from Kalamalka Lake Monday, June 22. (File photo)

North Okanagan man dies after cliff jumping accident in Coldstream

A 32-year-old man failed to resurface after jumping in just after 4 p.m. Sunday; body found Monday

A body was recovered from Kalamalka Lake Monday, June 22. (File photo)
Crews rescue disoriented hiker from Brent Mountain area

Crews rescue disoriented hiker from Brent Mountain area

The hiker was located by a helicopter team, shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday

Crews rescue disoriented hiker from Brent Mountain area
File photo of the Kimberley Search and Rescue team from June 2018.

Search and rescue save a cat following a flood in the Creston area

A rescue raft was used to save the cat after regional floods knock out a bridge

File photo of the Kimberley Search and Rescue team from June 2018.
Penticton Search and Rescue teams evacuated a 61-year-old woman with lower-leg injuries from the Skaha Bluff Trail area in the afternoon of June 2, 2020. The woman was eventually transported to hospital. (Penticton Search and Rescue/Facebook)

Penticton Search and Rescue respond to six calls in less than a week

Two hikers rescued in early morning search near Greyback Lake latest in series of searches

Penticton Search and Rescue teams evacuated a 61-year-old woman with lower-leg injuries from the Skaha Bluff Trail area in the afternoon of June 2, 2020. The woman was eventually transported to hospital. (Penticton Search and Rescue/Facebook)