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Air One Rescues Lost Hikers


The EPS Air One helicopter assisted in the rescue of a family lost in the woods over the weekend.

On Saturday. Feb. 12, 2022 at approximately 9:20 p.m., the crew piloting Air One heard a call on police radio indicating that Fort Saskatchewan RCMP were searching for a woman and three children who had become lost at Elk Island Park. It was reported that the woman had managed to make one phone call before her cell phone battery died, prompting the RCMP to begin a search at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Air One arrived to assist, eventually locating the four people a considerable distance (approximately 4 km) from where they were believed to be. The location was communicated to RCMP officers on the ground, who required a snowmobile to rescue the family due to the remote location and deep snow.

“As it was dark, the temperature was dropping, and the children involved were very young, our Air One crew was understandably concerned when they heard the call, and went into action right away,” says S/Sgt. Paul Shafer, EPS Flight Operations Section. “They were very glad to be able to assist the RCMP in locating this family and getting them to safety.”