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Mountie carries lost man to safety

An elderly male is now home safe after becoming disoriented then lost during a long walk with his dog yesterday.

On March 9 at 8:15 p.m., the Williams Lake RCMP received a report that an 80-year-old male had not returned home after going for a walk with his dog.

He reportedly left his residence in 150 Mile House at 4 p.m., but had not been seen since.

Family members were concerned as the male suffered from Alzheimer's disease and the temperature was falling rapidly.

RCMP along with Search and Rescue, 150 Mile House Fire Department and Police Service dog "Clive" were called to assist in locating the missing male.

At 10:30 p.m., RCMP Dog Handler, Cpl. Gord Rutherford and PSD Clive, located the male on a trail a few kilometres away from his house. The male appeared to be suffering from hypothermia and he was unable to walk.

After notifying family and emergency crews that he had located him, Cpl. Rutherford carried the male out on his back, through the deep snow. The man was later transported to the Cariboo Memorial Hospital, he's expected to make a full recovery.

"The actions of Cpl. Rutherford were integral in ensuring a positive outcome in this event," Stated Insp. Warren Brown of the Williams Lake Detachment.

The Williams Lake RCMP thanks Williams Lake Search and Rescue, 150 Mile House Fire Department, friends and neighbours for their swift response and assistance to this successful search.

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