BRITISH COLUMBIA

Military Rescuers Use Night-Vision Goggles To Find Missing B.C. Jogger

01/04/2015 04:25 EST | Updated 03/06/2015 05:59 EST
ESQUIMALT, B.C. - Military crew members aboard a Cormorant helicopter used their night-vision goggles to locate a jogger lost near the top of a Vancouver Island mountain.

Maj. Mary Lee of 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron says the crew responded to a call of a missing jogger Saturday night on Mt. Horne, which is west of Qualicum Beach, B.C.

She says ground search-and-rescue volunteers contacted the jogger by cellphone, and when the helicopter arrived just after midnight crew members found her on a logging road.

Lee says search-and-rescue technicians descended about 45 metres by hoist and rescued the jogger, who was cold but did not require medical attention.

The jogger was flown to a local airport where she was met by police and reunited with her family.

Cormorant pilot Capt. Pete Wright says the co-ordination between the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, RCMP and local search-and-rescue volunteers was behind the first successful mission of 2015.