Cumberland County, Pennsylvania lifeguard assists with search and rescue in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
It is not uncommon for the Cumberland County 400 Search and Rescue Team to be called in to search for someone in the wild in need of assistance.
But it’s somewhat unusual for the lost person to reach out through Facebook. And it’s downright odd that this message is coming from Nova Scotia.
“Honestly, I thought it was someone with a hacked Facebook account,” Cumberland County Search and Rescue 400 deputy chief David Powers said. “We don’t usually receive these calls through Facebook Messenger.”
The message arrived on the search and rescue team’s Facebook account around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Powers said. The person who sent the message said they needed help, adding: “We got stuck last night and our family looked for us without success.”
The sender has included a map, showing their location in a wilderness area with a large body of water to the south.
Powers said he didn’t recognize the area, so he asked whoever sent the message to call 911.
“If it was a hoax, they wouldn’t call 911. If it wasn’t a hoax, 911 is the right resource to call to help them get out of trouble,” he said. -he declares.
Here’s a screenshot of part of the exchange:
On a hunch, Powers dug a little deeper, feeling that this might be a legitimate cry for help. And after some research, he did indeed find that this person was in Cumberland County – Nova Scotia County.
Powers contacted the Spring Hill-based Nova Scotia Ground Search and Rescue Group, who told Powers it was real, and the person who contacted Powers called 911, prompting a rescue.
At 10:15 a.m., Powers learned that the lost people had been found by rescue teams and were returning home. Powers has yet to know who they are, how they got stuck, or how long they were in the wilderness.
While the Cumberland County 400 Search and Rescue Team is participating in statewide searches, this is probably the most distant search they’ve been involved in, even though they’ve done their part. remotely.
And Powers is happy to have followed his intuition to help them.
“I just connected the dots,” he said.
The team is based in Carlisle and is made up of approximately 26 volunteers and three rescue dogs who assist in search and rescue operations on request.
They are trained to achieve national certification with the National Association for Search and Rescue and are dedicated to saving lives in the outdoors, he said.