Comox Valley, BC: On October 23rd, 2016 at approximately 6:50 pm, the Comox Valley RCMP were called in regards to a lost and injured mushroom picker. A 68 year old Bowser resident had gone out into the woods, fallen and was injured. The male was able to contact a friend with a cell phone, but only a general description of the area was able to be obtained. Unfortunately the cell phone died and no further information could be relayed.
The Comox Valley RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Services and Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue attended to the Cook Creek area, where the mushroom picker’s vehicle was located and an extensive search began.
At approximately 1:00 am, Police Service Dog Gator began indicting he had located a scent and continued about another 500 meters of tracking deeper into the woods. During this time, Police dog handler, Cst England, called out and was able to hear a whistle in response. Gator continued to lead the way until the mushroom picker was located with non-life threatening injures, but unable to walk. Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue was directed into the area where they were able to provide first aid, stabilize the male and transport him back to a waiting ambulance.
Gator has only been in service since this summer and is posted with the Campbell River RCMP Police Dog Service. A great team effort and sharing of resources resulted in a successful outcome for one very grateful mushroom picker.
File # 2016-13417
Comox Valley RCMP