Search and Rescue

The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen in an aerial view from east Vancouver, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Police say search for boater in waters off Vancouver now a missing persons file

46-year-old Surrey, B.C., man has not been seen since renting a motorboat from Granville Island

The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen in an aerial view from east Vancouver, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen in an aerial view from east Vancouver, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Air, water search underway after empty powerboat found drifting off Vancouver

5-metre rental motorboat adrift in English Bay with motor running

The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen in an aerial view from east Vancouver, on Saturday, April 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trim, a longtime Ucluetian vessel went down in flames near Qualicum on May 23. Both men aboard the vessel escaped safely thanks to the RCM-SAR Station 59 Deep Bay crew. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Garland)

Historic Ucluelet vessel goes down in flames near Qualicum

Her two-man crew escaped safely, but a legendary Ucluetian vessel is resting on the ocean floor

Trim, a longtime Ucluetian vessel went down in flames near Qualicum on May 23. Both men aboard the vessel escaped safely thanks to the RCM-SAR Station 59 Deep Bay crew. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Garland)
Family and friends reported James Vezina of Port Alberni missing on May 31, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

UPDATE: Missing Port Alberni man found safe by search and rescue volunteers

Family and friends reported that James Vezina has been missing since May 31

Family and friends reported James Vezina of Port Alberni missing on May 31, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A kayak found overturned amongst logs in Nanaimo River triggered a large response from emergency services Tuesday, May 24. (Photo submitted)

Overturned kayak found in Nanaimo River, no report yet of missing kayaker

RCMP and volunteer fire departments were called to the riverside on Thatcher Road south of the city

A kayak found overturned amongst logs in Nanaimo River triggered a large response from emergency services Tuesday, May 24. (Photo submitted)
A kayak found overturned amongst logs in Nanaimo River triggered a large response from emergency services Tuesday, May 24. (Photo submitted)

Owner of overturned Nanaimo River kayak steps forward in wake of search

Woman had safely left the scene with family, intending to return when river conditions improved

A kayak found overturned amongst logs in Nanaimo River triggered a large response from emergency services Tuesday, May 24. (Photo submitted)
(Contributed Photo/Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue)

Search and Rescue saves paraglider from tree near Agassiz

The pilot was uninjured after being lowered to safety

(Contributed Photo/Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue)
Two teenage girls are safe after being rescued by Arrowsmith Search and Rescue on a trail near Bowser on May 11, 2022. (ASAR/Facebook photo)
Two teenage girls are safe after being rescued by Arrowsmith Search and Rescue on a trail near Bowser on May 11, 2022. (ASAR/Facebook photo)
A Canadian Forces CC-115 Buffalo aircraft prepares to land at Chilliwack Airport in Chilliwack, B.C., on Friday February 28, 2014. The Royal Canadian Air Force is relocating two aircraft from Winnipeg to Vancouver Island to address a gap in Canada’s search-and-rescue services. The gap is the result of a new delay in the military's new Kingfisher rescue planes, news of which comes months after the air force retired the last of its ancient Buffalo aircraft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Military dealing with gap in search-and-rescue services due to new procurement delay

The military’s new Kingfisher search-and-rescue planes won’t be ready for another three years

A Canadian Forces CC-115 Buffalo aircraft prepares to land at Chilliwack Airport in Chilliwack, B.C., on Friday February 28, 2014. The Royal Canadian Air Force is relocating two aircraft from Winnipeg to Vancouver Island to address a gap in Canada’s search-and-rescue services. The gap is the result of a new delay in the military's new Kingfisher rescue planes, news of which comes months after the air force retired the last of its ancient Buffalo aircraft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue search manager Nick Rivers, left, and Maureen LaFleche, a hiker who was rescued after a harrowing fall in May of 2021. (Peter McCully photo)

PODCAST: Island hiker recalls her ‘life-saving’ rescue by Search and Rescue crews

PQBeat: Parksville woman recovering well after sustaining serious injuries in fall

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue search manager Nick Rivers, left, and Maureen LaFleche, a hiker who was rescued after a harrowing fall in May of 2021. (Peter McCully photo)
Nanaimo RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, and the Nanaimo Port Authority are searching the waters of Nanaimo Harbour for a man presumed to have drowned. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Search underway for man missing and feared drowned in Nanaimo Harbour

Woman clinging to boat rescued, but search continues for man

Nanaimo RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, and the Nanaimo Port Authority are searching the waters of Nanaimo Harbour for a man presumed to have drowned. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Pictured above, CCSAR members drove the new truck in a salute to health care workers past Cariboo Memorial Hospital in September 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

RECOVERED: Central Cariboo Search and rescue truck is back home, tools still missing

CCSAR Chief Rick White says he’s relieved the specialized truck has been found

Pictured above, CCSAR members drove the new truck in a salute to health care workers past Cariboo Memorial Hospital in September 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Representatives of Rogers Communications, the BC Search and Rescue Association and others gather around a mock cheque for $1 million, representing a donation to BCSAR from Rogers, on Wednesday at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Search and Rescue receives largest-ever single donation, $1 million from Rogers

Donation will fund search and rescue initiatives across the province, says BCSAR

Representatives of Rogers Communications, the BC Search and Rescue Association and others gather around a mock cheque for $1 million, representing a donation to BCSAR from Rogers, on Wednesday at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
A Central Cariboo Search and Rescue truck was stolen overnight from inside the SAR team’s hall in Williams Lake. Pictured above, CCSAR members drove the new truck in a salute to health care workers past Cariboo Memorial Hospital in September 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. SAR team’s truck, tools stolen in Cariboo

‘Who would take life-saving tools’: Williams Lake RCMP investigate the overnight theft

A Central Cariboo Search and Rescue truck was stolen overnight from inside the SAR team’s hall in Williams Lake. Pictured above, CCSAR members drove the new truck in a salute to health care workers past Cariboo Memorial Hospital in September 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Search and Rescue teams from across the Lower Mainland helped rescue people from the flooding in Abbotsford. (Central Fraser Valley SAR/Special to The News)

Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue awarded for rescuing 200 people during Abbotsford flooding

Team of volunteers awarded for outstanding efforts with inaugural John MacGregor Award

Search and Rescue teams from across the Lower Mainland helped rescue people from the flooding in Abbotsford. (Central Fraser Valley SAR/Special to The News)
Sidney B.C.'s harbour on the chilly morning of Feb. 23, 2022. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Oil spill ‘not matter of if, but when’: Gulf Islands renew call for rescue tug

American and Canadian officials join forces to make plea for Sidney-based ship

Sidney B.C.'s harbour on the chilly morning of Feb. 23, 2022. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Blind B.C. Paralympian and super-sniffing pooch prep to find missing people

Jessica Tuomela, partnering with trained canine Lucy, aims to keep vulnerable Canadians safe

Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)
Campers make their way out of Strathcona Park with the help of Comox Valley Search and Rescue. Evan Paterson photo

Snowshoers need saving after suffocating amount of snow in Strathcona Park

Nanaimo blogger writes about perils of unexpectedly heavy storm during overnight backcountry trek

Campers make their way out of Strathcona Park with the help of Comox Valley Search and Rescue. Evan Paterson photo
A CC-115 Buffalo from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of CFB Comox on a training exercise in Chilliwack on June 16, 2021. The Buffalo flew its final search and rescue mission on Jan. 15 2022. (William Snow photo)

Iconic CC-115 Buffalo flies final mission off B.C. coast

442 Squadron CFB Comox search and rescue plane phased out of service after more than 50 years

  • Jan 17, 2022
A CC-115 Buffalo from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of CFB Comox on a training exercise in Chilliwack on June 16, 2021. The Buffalo flew its final search and rescue mission on Jan. 15 2022. (William Snow photo)
Kevin ‘Bear’ Henry’s mother, Eileen Henry (left) is comforted by uncle James Henry as the vigil for their missing loved one begins in the morning on Jan. 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Kevin ‘Bear’ Henry’s mother, Eileen Henry (left) is comforted by uncle James Henry as the vigil for their missing loved one begins in the morning on Jan. 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)