B.C. Interior search and rescue team adds volunteers as it braces for another record year

One of the busiest search and rescue outfits in B.C. hopes it’s done enough to expand to meet a record number of rescues in the Central Okanagan.

Last year, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR), which covers Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and First Nations in the region, went out 105 times to rescue people stranded, lost or injured in the backcountry.

“Typically we have 50 to 60 tasks a year,” said Ed Henczel, a team leader with COSAR and also a communications professor at Okanagan College.

He said the doubling of cases is most likely related to more people taking more outdoor excursions during the pandemic, but not necessarily being prepared.

“People in general

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