On Wednesday, April 19, 2022, Cst Ryder Heim of the Trail and Greater District RCMP joined the South Columbia Search and Rescue team for a mock training exercise along the old Waneta Highway.
The exercise simulated a crashed watercraft in the Columbia River and searchers deployed to both sides of the river bank to rescue a lifelike water training doll. The team also used a boat to help facilitate the mock water rescue.
This was a great opportunity for shared training, says Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment. Practising together in scenarios like this allows us to be prepared should a real incident occur.