Kamloops Search and Rescue practice new search skills

By Vanessa Ybarra
March 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Kamloops Search and Rescue expanded its skill-set this weekend.

Close to 20 newer members took part in a tracking exercise along Mission Flats Saturday where they learned ways to spot clues a person's been on a trail or in an area.

Search Manager Alan Hobler says the complex skill can be life-saving.

"There's 17 different types of sign," said Hobler. There's bent grass, there's things we call 'transference' where if you have some dirt or gravel on your shoes, it will fall off as you walk and be out of place on the ground. It's very valuable for search and rescue, we've had several successes with Kamloops Search and Rescue where we have been able to find a missing person by using pretty advanced tracking skills."

Hobler says this year's winter season has been unusually busy.

The team performed nine rescues throughout the Kamloops region between November and March, more than double the 2015/16 winter season. 




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