Missing elderly berry pickers found safe in Roddickton after spending night out on bog

Roddickton, Newfoundland and Labrador – At approximately 2:00 a.m. on August 1, 2017, Roddickton RCMP were notified that an elderly couple were overdue from berry picking.

The couple had travelled 30 kilometres on an access road near Main Brook on the province’s west coast of Newfoundland to pick berries. When they were ready to return home, they were unable to find their way back to their car. They immediately called a family member who contacted the local Ground Search and Rescue.

Roddickton RCMP attended the area and a Universal helicopter from Pasadena was called to assist. The couple were located at approximately 9:00 a.m. that morning after spending the night out on the bog.

RCMP would like to remind the public of the importance of planning for emergencies when spending time on the land. It is always a good idea to let someone know where you plan on going and when you expect to be back. Preparing for these possible situations, and carrying appropriate supplies, including emergency provisions, could save your life.

RCMP would like to thank all those who assisted in bringing the couple home safely to their families.

Roddickton RCMP

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