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NEWS RELEASE · 5th September 2011
On Saturday August 27, 2011, at approximately 11:30pm, Terrace Search and Rescue (TSAR) was contacted by an RCMP Constable from New Aiyansh to organize a search for a missing mushroom picker.

The subject was a 53 year old male who was not from the area. The SAR Manager and Constable reviewed the Urgency Rating and due to the unfamiliar area at night, determined to wait until morning for a SAR response. The drive to the site is 1.5 hours from Terrace.

On Sunday August 28th, starting at 9 am, 7 TSAR team members conducted numerous sound sweeps in the area for the missing picker. A smoldering fire from the night before was found by one of the TSAR teams south of the point last scene (PLS) and sound sweeps were conducted in this area until 7:30 pm. The subject was not located and TSAR returned to Terrace with a plan to continue to search the next morning with assistance from mutual aid from Kitimat and Smithers SAR teams.

Later that night, at approximately 11:33pm, the subject walked out to a powerline and then a road approx 2.5 km north from his campfire location. He was picked up and returned to his residence. Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers SAR were stood down. Other than a lighter, the subject had very few of the 10 essentials promoted by SAR groups throughout BC.

The lighter was enough for the missing male to dry his wet clothing and fight off the effects of hypothermia from the cold night outside. When the missing male returned home, he was dehydrated and sore from his ordeal.


At 8:58pm on August 31, 2011, TSAR was requested by RCMP to search for a missing female mushroom picker at the Terrace Airport. When TSAR arrived on scene, RCMP were conducting sound attraction with their vehicles.

The RCMP talked with the subject via her cell phone and determined she was in a 600m wide strip of timber south of the airport. The area was sound swept and no subject was found. Cellular service with the subject was lost when the subject’s battery died.

The RCMP requested a cell ping to be conducted by Telus; two pings were located within 300 m and1km accuracies respectively. The 300 m accuracy ping placed the subject in a high probable area. TSAR teams and an RCMP Dog Handler from Prince Rupert converged on the area and located the subject.

At the time the subject was found, she began having breathing difficulties and pains in her chest. Oxygen and first aid was administered on scene and BCAS was contacted for emergency evacuation. When the subject was enroute to hospital, TSAR returned to base.

See below for a list of the 10 Essentials promoted by BC SAR groups or consult

Heading Outdoors? Leave a Plan – check out for more trip planning tips.

Have you completed a TRIP PLAN and left it with a friend or family member? Complete the Trip Plan for Outdoor Survival Form and leave it with a responsible person prior to an outdoor adventure.

YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT! While on your trip, stick to the Plan. In the event that you do not return as stated in your Plan, it will be given to police and search and rescue organizers to help them find you.
While Outdoors, Plan to be Safe!

NO ONE EVER expects to get into trouble outdoors. But, a turn in the weather, mistake in judgment, unexpected injury, equipment failure, or sudden nightfall can quickly change any recreational outing into a crisis.

How prepared are you?

No matter what your outdoor pursuit, ALWAYS carry with you The 10 Essentials.
The Right Gear

1. Flashlight, spare batteries and bulb
2. Firemaking kit – waterproof matches/lighter, firestarter/candle
3. Signalling device – whistle or mirror to signal searchers if you become lost
4. Extra food and water – 1 litre/person
5. Extra clothing (rain, wind, water protection and toque)
6. Navigational/ Communication Aids (maps, compass, GPS, charts, cellular phone, satellite phone, hand held radio – fully charged battery) – know how to use them
7. First Aid kit – know how to use it
8. Emergency shelter – orange tarp or large orange garbage bag. These can also be used as signalling devices
9. Pocket knife.
10. Sun protection (glasses, sunscreen, hat)
Re-numeration required.
Comment by James Ippel on 7th September 2011
It is time that a stand be taken, and those who become llost compensate those who rescue them.
Search & Rescue people are volunteers, and their Employers contribute on a monetary basis every time one of these volunteers spends time looking for an "Idiot" who should'nt be in the bush in the first place.
The use of a Compass is so simple. I taught this to Boy Scouts that were 12 years of age and within a few hours they understood the basics, and were able to go into the bush and come out.
Mushroom pickers have $$$ on their mind, and if they get lost someone will rescue them. They should be charged, along with the family members who report them lost.
Learn to use a compass, and you will make a lot simpler for yourself, and certainly save employers and volunteers a lot of dollars and grief.
Expensive mushroom picking
Comment by c. sandecki on 5th September 2011
I'm not surprised when mushroom pickers get lost. They wind around one tree after another and must soon lose track of directions.
But these stories illustrate the immense cost to taxpayers and Search and Rescue of this entrepreneurial hobby.