Mountain Rescue of Two Distressed hikers from a steep slope on the West Lion

At 2200h on July 25th 2013 Squamish RCMP activated Lions Bay Search and Rescue for a 911 call placed by a party of hikers located near the foot of the West Lion, their original number was thought to be 3 and location uncertain due to some conflicting information. The subjects relayed that they were on loose steep rock and were afraid to proceed. The subjects did the right thing by staying put and calling for help. Language barriers made communication difficult. It was later learned that one of the hikers had taken a short fall and suffered non life threatening injuries and that there were only 2 members in the party.

2 teams were dispatched from the Klatt emergency services building just after 2300h. The first team of 4, a hasty team, was assigned to access the distrissed hikers and render first aid and stabilise them. The second team of 4 was a gear hauling team, tasked with bringing rope rescue equipment in the event a technical mountain rescue extraction was needed.

Around 4am the first team reached the subjects and stabilised them, the second team was close behind. After a thourough checking over and a bit of encoragement the two subjects were placed in harnesses and put on ropes and moved to safer terrain where they were subsequently picked up with a helicopter performing a hover entry at first light.

Another job well done by the dedicated men and women of the Lions Bay Search and Rescue team.

Search and Rescue of Lost Hiker in Harvey Creek

At 16:00 on Monday the 5th of August 2013 the Lions Bay Search and Rescue team was activated through a convoluted series of communications through several agencies including EComm, and the RCMP for a lost hiker near the Lions Trail.

Part of the team responded directly to Vancouver airport South terminal to board a Talon Air Helicopter. The subject was located with some difficulty as the location was very unusual and cell phone communication with the subject although possible was difficult. The subject’s phone could only reach 911, which demanded call patching by Ecomm to the SAR team. The communication relay permitted the subject’s location to be determined exactly with the aid of the helicopter.

The subject was on a steep slope in dense vegetation. The helicopter landed so that the initial team was able to disembark and hike to the subject and perform an assessment. The subject was dehydrated and starting to get cold. With the aid of a back up team the subject was brought down to a landing zone from which they were extracted and brought to the field at the School.

Another job well done by the men and women of the Lions Bay Search and Rescue Team.

Sasamat Lake Search

On August 6th a 21 year old with special needs was found after spending 2 nights lost in the woods near Sasamat Lake in Belcarra Park.

Lions Bay SAR was called in to assist with the search as were many other teams from the region. As is often the case with searches of this size, data modeling and computer assisted searching strategies were used to increase the probability of finding the subject.

The images below show that the subject was found within the probability distance circles between the 50% and 75% probability distances.


The blue search areas are generally downhill from the initial point-last-seen sighting by the lake, while the yellow areas are generally uphill from this location.


What is not shown on these images are the GPS and satellite tracks that were collected from searchers as they were in the field.

The images were generated from screen shots of Incident Commander Pro.


In Memory of Sheilah Sweatman

Friday June 29th marks the first anniversary of the swift water call on the Goat River near Creston, BC that claimed the life of our colleague Sheilah Sweatman.

Sheilah’s team members will be gathering in Nelson to honor her memory on Friday afternoon.

We are reminded that our efforts to help others could command sacrifices that go far beyond the commitment we make to be prepared to respond to calls for assistance. Sheilah’s sacrifice is testament to that reality.

At this time we also reaffirm the sympathy we have extended to the Sweatman family, to Sheilah’s teammates, and to ourselves for this loss. Each and every member of the BC Search & Rescue Association is requested to observe a moment of silence at 1630 hours on Friday, June 29, 2012 to remember our friend and colleague.

Don R. Bindon, President
BC SAR Association

Snowman 2, avalanche drill

On Saturday the 14th local search and rescue teams participated in the second of what is becoming the yearly multi agency exercise organized by NSR at mount Seymour.

2 search teams were dispatched to find 10 subject on Dog mountain during the avalanche scenario exercise called Snowman2