On Saturday the 25th of July, Campbell River Search and Rescue (CRSAR) will be staging a large training exercise in the vicinity of Elk Falls and the new suspension bridge. Members will be lowered to the bottom of the canyon, some 60 metres below the bridge, and will make their way downstream where they will either hike out, be raised by rope systems, or possibly lifted out by a helicopter long-line system.
This is a rare opportunity for both the SAR group to train in a spectacular and potentially dangerous area, and for the public to witness the group in action. SAR members will also be in prominent areas to keep the public informed of what is happening, and to answer questions. Training in various disciplines will take place, including rope rescue, swiftwater rescue, communications, public relations, and logistics. The helicopter portion of the training cannot be confirmed until the last day or two, subject to machine availability.
While the public is encouraged to come out, meet our members and see the activities, they are also reminded please to stay on the designated trails and obey all signs. SAR members will be on site from around 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with most of the action taking place between 10:00 and 2:00.
Information about Elk Falls Provincial Park can be found on the website http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/elk_falls/.
More information on search and rescue can be found at www.crsar.ca.