Missing hunter located

Local search and rescue units from South Columbia, Rossland and Castlegar along with an RCMP helicopter located a missing hunter at the Bombi Summit on Monday.

Local search and rescue units from South Columbia, Rossland and Castlegar along with an RCMP helicopter located a missing hunter at the Bombi Summit on Monday.

Police received a call regarding a missing 35-year-old East Kootenay hunter Sunday evening.

The police report said the man had been separated from his companions earlier and were to meet back at their camp at dusk, but he failed to return. His quad had been located but he had not.

SAR and RCMP conducted a brief search around the quad, but by about 2 a.m. no one had been located. Due to darkness and the terrain the search was postponed until the morning.

By 7 a.m. Monday morning, SAR, which included nine members from the South Columbia unit and four from Rossland, was back up and searching. An RCMP helicopter was activated from Kelowna.

Just after 10 a.m. smoke was noted and the missing male was located at the top of a hill near a fire he had built. The male suffered some discomfort from twisting his ankles while walking around in the dark, but had no other injuries.

He had left his quad and became disoriented in the bush. He found a place to spend the night and climbed out of the valley in the daylight and waited for rescue.

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