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OPP remind public to plan ahead after search for missing hiker at Sandbanks Park

Photo by Logan Cadue.

A search for a missing hiker near Sandbanks Provincial Park has spurred the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to release a reminder to those enjoying outdoor winter activities.

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the OPP received a report of a missing person near Sandbanks Provincial Park. According to a release from OPP, officers received assistance from the East Region Canine Unit, East Region Emergency Response Unit and OPP Aviation Services to aid in the search mission.

An individual had gone hiking along the trails of the provincial park, according to the release. With the assistance of Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services, the individual was located “safe and sound” shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the area of Wellington Beach, OPP reported. They were transported to hospital as a precaution.

To encourage public safety, OPP issued these reminders:

When venturing out for any winter activity, be sure to plan ahead and remember some of the following tips:

  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will return
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions
  • Dress for the weather
  • Beware of hypothermia
  • Stay hydrated
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone

The Prince Edward County OPP would like to thank all involved in this search which lead to a successful conclusion.

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