Search and Rescue

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)
Joury being rescused by ski patrol after injuring his knee (Tomer Joury)

Rescued in a whiteout: Kelowna snowboarder thankful for SilverStar ski patrol

A snowboarder crashed and injured his knee in a whiteout

Joury being rescused by ski patrol after injuring his knee (Tomer Joury)
Ryan Fletcher. (GoFundMe)

Funds raised for search and rescue in memory of snowboarder who died at Big White

Ryan Fletcher was found deceased on Big White on Dec. 27

Ryan Fletcher. (GoFundMe)
Four search and rescue groups joined Kelowna RCMP and Big White ski patrol in trying to locate and overdue snowboarder. The man was found Monday, Dec. 27, deceased. (COSAR photo)

Missing snowboarder found dead at Big White

RCMP and two search and rescue groups were looking for the man

Four search and rescue groups joined Kelowna RCMP and Big White ski patrol in trying to locate and overdue snowboarder. The man was found Monday, Dec. 27, deceased. (COSAR photo)
Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)

Donation, rescue make for lively week before Christmas for COSAR

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue find missing woman safely Christmas Eve; receive $15,000 from rescued pair

Andrew MacLeod (front, left) of The Co-Operators Solve Insurance Inc. and TJ Dumonceaux from TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, donate $15,000 to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, a way of saying thank you as the pair were rescued by a search and rescue crew while snowmobiling three years ago. Accepting the cheques are COSAR’s training director John Paterson (back from left), president Brad Trites and snowmobile team lead Amos Rossworm. (COSAR photo)
Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron visited Shuswap Lake for a training exercise with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) Shuswap Station 106 members on Oct. 13, 2021. (Contributed)

Shuswap volunteers save four lives, assist 29 others during 40 missions in four busy months

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 106 leader reflects on 2021

  • Dec 24, 2021
Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron visited Shuswap Lake for a training exercise with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) Shuswap Station 106 members on Oct. 13, 2021. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue mobilize near the Jackpine Forest Service Road in West Kelowna to search for a man and two dogs involved in a motor-vehicle incident on the road Tuesday, Dec. 21. The man and the dogs were found safe. (COSAR photo)

Okanagan man, two dogs found safe by COSAR

Search and rescue crew called to West Kelowna FSR for report of man, two dogs involved in vehicle incident

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue mobilize near the Jackpine Forest Service Road in West Kelowna to search for a man and two dogs involved in a motor-vehicle incident on the road Tuesday, Dec. 21. The man and the dogs were found safe. (COSAR photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue members carefully load Michael Wilkinson, injured in a snowmobiling accident on Hunters Range, into their truck to deliver him to ambulance personnel waiting for him in the Ashton Creek parking lot at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 12. (Kari Wilkinson photo)

Teamwork helps with rescue of injured Salmon Arm sledder from Hunters Range

Vernon Search and Rescue manager praises group for doing everything right

Vernon Search and Rescue members carefully load Michael Wilkinson, injured in a snowmobiling accident on Hunters Range, into their truck to deliver him to ambulance personnel waiting for him in the Ashton Creek parking lot at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 12. (Kari Wilkinson photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue responded to a pair of water calls Sunday, Dec. 12; one involving bringing a fisherman to safety, and one in regards to a missing kayaker on the Shuswap River who was found safely. (VSAR Instragram photo)

Busy Sunday on water for Vernon Search and Rescue

Crews respond to pair of calls on lake and river, both end happily with safe rescues

Vernon Search and Rescue responded to a pair of water calls Sunday, Dec. 12; one involving bringing a fisherman to safety, and one in regards to a missing kayaker on the Shuswap River who was found safely. (VSAR Instragram photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue crew helped bring an injured snowmobiler at the Hunters Range area near Enderby to safety Sunday morning, Dec. 12. (VSAR Instagram photo)

Vernon Search and Rescue praises efforts of injured sledder, friends

Patient helped himself out by being well prepared which made rescue near Enderby simpler for VSAR

Vernon Search and Rescue crew helped bring an injured snowmobiler at the Hunters Range area near Enderby to safety Sunday morning, Dec. 12. (VSAR Instagram photo)
The Vernon Search and Rescue’s heli-winch team was called to assist in the rescue of two Shuswap backcountry sledders Friday, April 2, 2021. (VSAR photo)

Okanagan’s Air Rescue One launches fundraiser to buy its own helicopter winch

Air Rescue One uses a heli winch to conduct rescues up and down the valley

The Vernon Search and Rescue’s heli-winch team was called to assist in the rescue of two Shuswap backcountry sledders Friday, April 2, 2021. (VSAR photo)
Eleven COSAR members and the dog team were called in to help search for the man who fled the scene after flipping his vehicle into an orchard near Glenmore Road on Dec. 1. (Contributed)

Man located by COSAR after flipping car, walking away in Lake Country

The man fled the scene after flipping his vehicle into an orchard

Eleven COSAR members and the dog team were called in to help search for the man who fled the scene after flipping his vehicle into an orchard near Glenmore Road on Dec. 1. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is looking for a new base of operations within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. (File photo)

COSAR searching for a new home in Kelowna

Existing facility housing search and rescue service nearing end of its useful life

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is looking for a new base of operations within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. (File photo)
Rescue crews prepare to escort a group of stranded travellers on the Lougheed Highway near Agassiz (Photo/Vancouver Fire Rescue Services)

VIDEO: CFB Comox 442 Squadron recaps B.C. flood rescue mission

The Royal Canadian Air Force has released a video interview with warrant…

Rescue crews prepare to escort a group of stranded travellers on the Lougheed Highway near Agassiz (Photo/Vancouver Fire Rescue Services)
(Contributed)

COSAR rescues couple missing from Lake Country outing

Duo got separated from group ride and were found wandering a forest service road in North Okanagan

(Contributed)
The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. First Nation wants feds to expedite plans for marine rescue centre

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht chief says talks stalled on $22-million project for Port Renfrew

The water off Port Renfrew could be threatened without a federally-funded search and rescue and environmental response service in Port Renfrew, says the Pacheedaht First Nation. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
BC Adventure Smart has a trip planning app that allows users to make a trip plan and send it to a friend or family member. The app is available for free. (BC Adventure Smart file)

Call 911, don’t change voicemail to detail location when lost on hikes: BC SAR

A post circulating the internet suggests changing outgoing voicemail if lost, SAR says call 911

BC Adventure Smart has a trip planning app that allows users to make a trip plan and send it to a friend or family member. The app is available for free. (BC Adventure Smart file)
The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team is looking for new members. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue)

Have outdoor knowledge? Volunteer with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue

COSAR is hosting an open house night tonight at their hall on Old Vernon Road

The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team is looking for new members. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue)
A teenager lost at night was rescued by Penticton Search and Rescue who used the teen's cellphone to pinpoint his location. (PENSAR Facebook)

Late night rescue of teen lost in remote area of Penticton

The 19-year-old was found in steep terrain

A teenager lost at night was rescued by Penticton Search and Rescue who used the teen's cellphone to pinpoint his location. (PENSAR Facebook)
Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron visited Shuswap Lake for a training exercise with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) Shuswap Station 106 members on Oct. 13, 2021. (Contributed)

Royal Canadian Air Force squad trains with local search and rescue on Shuswap Lake

Shuswap Station 106 grateful for training opportunity

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron visited Shuswap Lake for a training exercise with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) Shuswap Station 106 members on Oct. 13, 2021. (Contributed)