Frantic search over as two-year-old boy found safe in B.C. campground

FILE PHOTO - Gertie a Kamloops Search and Rescue dog is pictured getting used to working near helicopters in this file photo. Kamloops SAR K9 teams were sent to help with the search for a missing boy near Kimberley on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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KIMBERLEY, B.C. - A desperate search and rescue effort ended in relief on Sunday when a missing two-year-old boy was found safe in a British Columbia campground.

Isaac Leuenberger was walking with his mother and two siblings at around 7 p.m. Saturday in Premier Lake Provincial Campground when he became separated from them.

Kimberley RCMP and search and rescue crews found the boy at around 11 a.m. today, May 1, near Yankee Lake.

Cpl. Chris Newel says the boy had a few scratches on him and was hungry but was otherwise healthy and didn't need to be taken to hospital.

He says the boy's family and all the search and rescue volunteers who came out to help are grateful and elated.

Newel says it appears the toddler got distracted and wandered up the wrong trail without his family.

Kamloops Search and Rescue sent both their dog teams to help with the search, according to a Facebook post by search manager Alan Hobler.

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