Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hearty Trapper Shares Breakfast with Rescuers Who Risked Their Lives to Save Him

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hearty Trapper Shares Breakfast with Rescuers Who Risked Their Lives to Save Him

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Trapper shares breakfast with rescuers

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HOUSTON, B.C. - A hearty trapper who was thrown from his boat on a lake near Houston, B.C., managed to swim to shore in frigid temperatures and even shared breakfast with his rescuers.

When RCMP received a 911 call from a satellite messenger GPS unit, they headed off to Morice Lake with a search and rescue team, staff from the Fisheries Department and local residents who know the remote area.

Staff Sgt. Stephen Rose said the 11 rescuers first had to deal with unplowed roads as they raced to launch their boat and then faced battering winds and overnight temperatures of -20 C to reach the outdoorsman who'd activated his beacon.

Rose credited the rescuers, including two of the trapper's friends, for risking their own lives on the rescue effort, which started at 3:45 p.m. Monday and ended at 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

The 62-year-old man encountered rough weather after he put out a trap line, the officer said.

"It's a fairly dangerous lake," Rose said. …

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