Kayaks proved an effective resource to supplement a motor boat for searching the convoluted shoreline of scenic Amor Lake.

Overdue angler hunkers down for the night on Amor Lake

Campbell River Search and Rescue called out to find elderly man Sunday morning

Amor Lake lies approximately 30 km. northwest of Campbell River.

An elderly man reported overdue from a fishing trip to Amor Lake was found in good shape Sunday morning.

At 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning an automated dispatch service telephoned all 60 phone numbers where Campbell River Search and Rescue’s members can be reached.

“A 74-year-old male has been reported overdue from an afternoon fishing trip to Amor Lake. Please meet at the hall as soon as possible to launch a search,” the message said

Nine members did respond, and by shortly after first light, the team had searched most of the shoreline and found the man, search manager Tim Fairbank said. He had lost his bearings when his boat was spun around a few times in the excitement of bringing in a good-sized trout. Running low on battery power for his electric trolling motor, and recognizing that darkness was coming, he headed for a nearby beach and hunkered down for the night.

Weather conditions were thin overcast with an occasional light shower. The angler stayed sheltered by placing his boat upside down on a piece of plywood and lying between the two.

Search and Rescue members were able to get the man fed and warmed up by a fire, while plans were made to get him a ride back to his truck.

The rescue team reminds everyone venturing outdoors to head out fully prepared. Visit Campbell River Search & Rescue for information about planning a trip in the outdoors.