Crews search for driver of vehicle over bank

Driver found safe at home after Search and Rescue crews called into action to follow tracks of vehicle over bank off Mabel Lake Road

  • Dec. 24, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Tire tracks down a steep bank near Enderby led Search and Rescue crews into action Sunday morning. But as it turned out, the owner was safe at home.

Approximately 15 members of Vernon Search and Rescue were called out at 1:30 a.m. Sunday by the RCMP to investigate fresh tire tracks leaving Mabel Lake Road near Kingfisher.

“The vehicle tracks went over a steep bank and a vehicle was resting approximately 60 feet below the road,” said Leigh Pearson, search manager, in a release. “Because there were no footprints in the fresh snow, the RCMP were concerned that the driver was still in the vehicle.”

The search crews were just about on scene when the RCMP advised them they had contacted the registered owner of the vehicle who was safe at home.

“His vehicle had slid off the road earlier, he had climbed out of the area and was uninjured,” said Pearson.

Search and Rescue members were back in Vernon at 3 a.m.