An individual can go missing at anytime, anywhere, regardless of their age, experience or condition. Many folks do not go out expecting to get lost but can very quickly get turned around or take a wrong path. In New Brunswick, our varied climate and terrain can create scenarios where a lost person’s situation can very quickly turn grave as they are usually unprepared. Once an individual is reported missing, time becomes a crucial factor. Every day they are lost, their chances of survival decrease.
This is where York Sunbury Ground Search & Rescue (YSSR) comes into play.
Once activated by the police, YSSR’s search operations begin. Using a variety of search methodologies and tactics, our overhead management directs our search teams out into the field, searching areas where the lost subject has a high probability of being found. Most people who go missing do not do so in the middle of urban areas. It is usually in the dense forests that cover our province. Our members have experienced searches in a vast variety of situations: hiking down through valleys and up mountains, wading in deep swamps, tramping along shorelines, and pushing through thick brush. We can be tasked to search in the most humid days of the summer and in the most frigid nights of the winter. There are few places we search that are not a challenge in some way.
A successful search is much more than simply throwing a large group of people out over an area.The training our team receives helps to prepare our members for a huge variety situations, ensuring that everyone sent out returns safe. Many times this can also involve helping extract a subject if they are injured or unresponsive.
With a lost person, our goal is always the same: Bring them home safely.
As long as there is a reason to continue searching; our members are willing to commit their time, resources, and unique skills to do their best to ensure a successful outcome.