Missing toddler wanders bush for three hours before being found

Massive effort finds toddler

A two-year-old child is believed to have wandered quad trails and logging roads in the Beaverdell area while teams searched for the missing boy for three hours. 

RCMP were called about the missing child near Clark Lake on Wednesday at 12:40 p.m. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, the BC Conservation Officer Service as well as RCMP air and dog services were called in to help with the search effort. 

“Efforts to locate the young boy included the use of all-terrain vehicles, RCMP air crafts and Police Service Dogs to conduct extensive patrols of the trail systems and heavily forested terrain,” states Const. Solana Paré, media relations officer with the Kelowna Regional RCMP.

A dozen members from COSAR included three spotters in a helicopter and members on the ground on foot, quads and kayaks. 

COSAR says the boy was found by his uncle at the eight kilometre mark of the Beaver Creek Road.

“It is believed he walked approximately five kilometres along quad trails and logging roads in the three hours he was missing,” said COSAR in a news release.

RCMP said the boy was, amazingly, was “seemingly uninjured during the ordeal.”

“RCMP wishes to extend its gratitude for the added support of both COSAR and the BC Conservation Officer Service, and all those who contributed to the search efforts,’ said Const. Pare

Earlier in the day on a separate call, COSAR said it was also asked to help transport an injured mountain biker from the trails in the Gillard Forest Service area to a waiting ambulance. The mountain biker received a ride by a member of the public to meet the ambulance on Chute Lake Rd.

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