A hunter on Newfoundland’s southern Avalon Peninsula was saved from spending a night in a bog earlier this week, thanks to an RCMP corporal and his service dog.
Kyle Hrynyk was on call at the RCMP’s Holyrood detachment when he got a call at 7:30 Saturday evening about a missing hunter in the woods near Colinet, a small community about 20 kilometres south of Whitbourne.
He arrived at the woods with Marlow, a four-year-old German shepherd, who was quickly on the case. Marlow indicated a faint odour down one of the many trails in the area, said Hrynyk.
“In a circumstance like this, we didn’t know anything other than where his vehicle was parked. When we started off, it was a pretty big, well, no pun intended, shot in the dark,” Hrynyk said Tuesday.
With rain and cool temperatures, Hrynyk said, conditions weren’t favourable but Marlow was able to follow the scent down the trail. He said the pair walked for about an hour before they got stuck in a bog themselves.
“I was waist-deep and Marlow was swimming there for a bit,” said Hrynyk, adding they were helped by search and rescue personnel who arrived on scene.
Hunter found in good spirits
After some more time spent searching, the man was found about 1½ kilometres into the woods, stuck waist deep in the bog. Hrynyk said the man was cold and wet but in surprisingly good spirits.
“Most of the talk was around the moose that got away,” he said.
The hunter was pulled from the bog with the help of search and rescue members and taken out of the woods in a sleeping bag to warm up.
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