Mounties use search for Edmonton hunter to promote emergency kits

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Alberta RCMP are reminding the public to take an emergency kit with fire-starting materials with them out on the land after an Edmonton hunter went missing overnight.

Mounties in Barrhead said Tuesday a pair of Edmonton men in their 40s went hunting in the Fort Assiniboine Vega Sandhills area last saturday. At 7 p.m., one of the men was reported missing.

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Police said the side-by-side all-terrain vehicle the men were using became stuck. One of the men left to find help but when he returned, his friend was gone.

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This triggered a robust search response involving Barrhead RCMP and the RCMP police dog services unit, Parkland Search and Rescue, Klondike Search and Rescue, Barrhead Fish and Wildlife and the Fort Assiniboine and Goose Lake fire departments.

“A civilian drone with (thermal imaging) equipment was also utilized during the search,” the news release said.

The hunter was found at 10 a.m. “in good spirits,” and taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

“We would like to thank all the services that came together so quickly to help us find this missing person,” said Cpl. Filipe Vicente of the Barrhead RCMP, adding that this is a “reminder to anyone going out this fall season to have an emergency kit with fire-starting materials as it could save your life during this time of year.”

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