Man rescued in the back country

Search and rescue crews were deployed when an elderly man didn't return home from a drive out on Three Forks Road Thursday afternoon.
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KELOWNA — An elderly man who didn't return after a drive on Three Forks Road last night was located after search teams were deployed to the area.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue along with RCMP were called out by the man's wife around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday when he failed to return from an early afternoon drive. The man is in his 70s and suffers from an undisclosed medical condition.

As crews arrived on scene the male was driving out of the area. He got stuck while driving in the back country and, unknown to search crews, a family member had driven up, found him and helped to get him unstuck.

This outcome was positive but search and rescue warns this could have easily turned in to a double rescue. While it is not recommended to search on your own, if you believe a friend or family member has become lost and you decide to go looking for them, let RCMP know beforehand.

Search and rescue are also reminding people to make sure you have enough supplies and warm clothes when heading into the back country.

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