Lost in the forest? Stay put and call 911, says BC Search and Rescue | PKBNEWS

There’s plenty to see and do in beautiful British Columbia.

However, if you plan to get outdoors, whether for a simple hike or backcountry snowmobiling, BC Search and Rescue says outdoor enthusiasts should remember this simple term. : STOP

This means Stop, think, observe and Plan, and it’s very handy when someone gets lost or disoriented.


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“No matter the size of your adventure, if there’s an emergency and you’re confused and need help, you can manage your risk by applying the STOP analogy,” said Sandra Riches, executive director of BC AdventureSmart, part of British Columbia Search and Rescue.

“Stop. Think. Observe. Plan. It puts you to the test. It allows you to manage risk, deal with any emergency and communicate with first responders.”

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This month, two outdoor enthusiasts on snowmobiles in the Okanagan had to be rescued after an unexpected mechanical failure. The two remained on site, which BC Search and Rescue praised.

“It was great to see the enthusiasts staying put,” BCSAR told PKBNEWS. “It (greatly) helps SAR find subjects faster and often in better condition.”

“It’s always harder (for search teams to find you) if you move,” Riches said. “Imagine search and rescue being a very large hide-and-seek scenario. And this time you want to be found.

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“The longer you stay put – stay in your location, manage your risk or help someone – stopping helps you understand that. If you move, more than not, puts you in a more dangerous situation.

Riches said the top three reasons B.C. search and rescue agencies are called are injury, loss or disorientation and overexertion.

BC AdventureSmart also offers face-to-face outdoor training and online training.

More information can be found on the AdventureSmart website.

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