GPS device helps hiker in distress

Columbia Valley RCMP staff sergeant Marko Shehovac's report for the week of August 3.

July 22

• Columbia Valley detachment responded to a two-vehicle accident on Athalmer Road.

A female driver of a Red Ford Focus rear-ended a Dodge. Damage to both vehicles added up to about $4,000. No injuries to the drivers.


July 23

• While on patrol, police located a ’89 GMC pickup in a ditch on Laurier Drive. The 27 year-old driver from Skookumchuk displayed signs that he had been drinking.

A breath sample demand was given, at which time the driver blew a fail. The driver had his licence prohibited for 90 days and the vehicle towed for 30 days.

• Columbia Valley detachment responded to an unwanted guest in the 1700 block of 6th Avenue in Invermere. Owners of the home woke up to find a 21 year-old male from Banff passed out in the house.

The male was separated from his friends and was unable to explain how he came to be in the house.  The home owners did not wish to pursue charges.

• Two vehicles parked at a residence in the 4900 block of Timbermont Place had damage done when rocks were thrown at the windows.

• Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a 2010 Kenworth semi tractor trailer driven by a 44 year-old male from Abbottsford and a ’98 Ford driven by a 64 year-old male from Sherwood Park, Alberta.

The semi rounded a corner on Hwy. 93 north of Radium and made contact with the Ford in the opposite lane. No injuries to the drivers.

The driver of the semi was charged under the motor vehicle act for failure to keep to the right.

• Columbia Valley detachment members responded to an assault complaint in the 8400 block of Dincey Road. A 20 year-old male from the Edgewater area has been charged with two counts of assault, and two counts of mischief when property was damaged. The male is to appear in provincial court October 24.


July 24

• Columbia Valley detachment responded to a complaint of hit and run on Summit Drive in Panorama.  A white Ford F350 was observed backing into another vehicle.

The offending vehicle was located at a residence. The owner of the vehicle was not identified at the residence. A ticket for failing to remain at an accident was completed and will be mailed to the owner in Alberta.


July 25

• Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint from a personal  emergency beacon. The GPS co-ordinates provided indicated the emergency was in the area of Tri Corn Peaks near Duncan Lake. Local Search and Rescue were activated.

The company that monitors the emergency equipment was contacted and they were able to provide the name of the person who owned the equipment and also able to provide a name of a contact person. The contact person was able to advise who was in the hiking party and the area they would be in.

A 62 year-old male from Golden who was in the hiking party had a medical emergency. Search and Rescue from Invermere were helicoptered in and were able to pick up the male and deliver him to the hospital.

The emergency beacon equipment is able to report in to people and check in that all is well while at the same time able to send out a message that an urgent emergency rescue is required.

The people on the hike were well equipped and experienced. The remaining party was able to hike out on their own.