Searchers find missing 46-year-old man in Kejimkujik National Park
Published Wednesday, July 3, 2019 11:42AM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:23PM ADT
Searchers have found a 46-year-old man who was missing in Nova Scotia's Kejimkujik National Park.
He was found safe and in good condition after a canoe carrying him and his young daughter crashed on rocks in rapids that searchers described as “very angry looking” and loud.
“She couldn’t hear us and we couldn’t hear her,” said searcher Steve Hopper. “It took somebody physically seeing her, and there was a structure there in the background that was hiding her.”
Bradley Hall and his nine-year-old daughter were reported missing Monday evening when they failed to return home after a three-day canoeing and camping trip at the popular park.
Police say the pair became separated after the canoe crashed. The father thought he might to able to find another canoe nearby, but then he became lost.
He was found about two kilometres from his daughter.
Searchers praised the girl for her bravery and the fact that she stayed in one place. She was found safe shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, however, search crews were still looking for Hall through the night.
The RCMP say he was found safe Wednesday morning.
Police said Tuesday that the two campers were prepared for the trip and had sufficient equipment and provisions.
They left Milford House on Friday. They planned to paddle the Mersey River, arriving at Jake’s Landing in Kejimkujik National Park on Sunday -- a trip of approximately 20 kilometres.
RCMP officers, Parks Canada staff, volunteer Ground Search and Rescue crews, and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre were all involved in the search. A command post was set up inside Kejimkujik National Park.