After someone drove off the road along Highway 28, Campbell River emergency crews arrived on scene to find no driver or passengers in sight.
At around 5:00 am yesterday (May 13th), fire chief Thomas Doherty tells Vista Radio crews were called to the highway heading into Gold River after a car was spotted at the bottom of a steep embankment.
“We received a call from BC Ambulance for a motor vehicle incident. We call it ‘road rescue,’” he explains.
“Our rope team was required to rappel down just to check for any occupants in the vehicle,” Doherty says, but he notes they had “self-extricated” before fleeing the scene.
“We did have RCMP, Ambulance and Search and Rescue attend as well just to check along the water below the vehicle in case anybody was ejected.” However, he says “there was nobody found.”
“I’m not sure of the outcome at the end. It would be up to the RCMP whether they reported it or not,” Doherty adds. “Obviously a tow truck would be involved to extricate the vehicle up the bank and remove it from that location.”
Dock fire near old Elk Falls Mill:
This past Tuesday (May 11th) at around 9:00 pm, Doherty says the dispatch centre received numerous 9-1-1 calls in regards to a fire on a dock near the old Elk Falls Mill.
When fire crews arrived on scene, Doherty says the security guard on site directed them to the dock.
“The security guard, fortunately, was able to contain the fire, and crews spent some time there overhauling the dock,” he says. “The damaged area was about 10-feet in size.”
Doherty says it’s “very concerning” anytime a marina or dock catches fire because it brings about more challenges for firefighters, “especially for access to the underside, and the waterside as well.”