Salt Prairie youth safe and sound
South Peace News
High Prairie's emergency services and the Lesser Slave Lake Search and Rescue team were put to work July 14 when a youth went missing in Salt Prairie.
At approximately 6 p.m., reads a High Prairie RCMP news release, a youth went missing from his home.
"The family was unsure where the youth was and were very concerned as he had never left his home in this fashion before," says Cpl. Jim Desautels in the release.
Compounding the problem was the fact that the youth had an underlying medical condition that could or would impede his ability to survive in the wild.
Police utilized every resource they could. Volunteers, family and friends of the boy along with High Prairie Fire Department, LSLSAR, Alberta Sustainable Resource's fish and wildlife, M.D. of Big Lakes, Gift Lake Police Service and Lesser Slave Wildlife Management helicopter were called out.
A search area was established and they worked throughout the night, says Desautels.
It was a successful search and rescue operation and the next morning the boy was found.
"At 6 a.m. on Thursday July 15, the youth was located by a searcher unharmed and in good health. The youth was reunited with his family," writes Desautels.
It was a successful conclusion to the search, he adds.
"The High Prairie RCMP would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its community partners for assisting in this investigation. They can all take credit for the successful outcome of this local effort."
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