June 23, 2014 11:20 pm

Rescue helicopter called in to search for sick Kejimkujik campers

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre has been asked to send aircraft to help search for two campers in Kejimkujik National Park.

Andrew Vaughn/The Canadian Press

YARMOUTH — Police have launched a search for two campers needing assistance in the dense wilderness of Kejimkujik National Park.

Constable Jeff Leblanc of Yarmouth RCMP tells Global News the campers were able to make a cell phone call around 9:15 p.m. Monday night. Police were able to determine the approximate location of that call, pinpointing it about one day’s hike away from the nearest parking lot.

Leblanc said one of the campers is sick, but he didn’t have any further details about the illness. He said one of the campers is 20-years-old. The other camper’s age is not known.

Leblanc confirmed the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre had been notified, with a request for airborne search and rescue assistance. Leblanc said ground crews had not yet been notified, since the search was still in its infancy, and the area was so large and remote.

He said a helicopter search is expected, with the activation of ground personnel if needed.

 

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