Castlegar Search and Rescue calls have dwindled during the COVID-19 crisis. File photo

Castlegar Search and Rescue calls reduced drastically during COVID-19 crisis

Spokesperson said they haven’t responded to any search and rescue calls in six weeks

Castlegar Search and Rescue says emergency response calls have dwindled during the COVID-19 crisis.

While spokesperson Milane Kutcher says crews typically respond to at least one call out a week, they haven’t responded to any calls over the last six weeks.

READ MORE: West Kootenay fire and rescue crews help to perform dramatic dog rescue

Kutcher said the public is doing its part and staying safe in the backcountry.

“Many people on trails are being really cautious and not taking any undue risks,” said Kutcher. “People seem to be really good in this area and that’s reflected in our search and rescue calls, which have essentially dwindled to nothing.”

Kutcher emphasized the data only reflects search and rescue calls in the Castlegar area.

BC Parks announced on April 8 it was temporarily closing all of its parks, protected areas, conservancies, recreational areas and ecological reserves during the crisis.


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