The 7 year-old was separated from their family while running dog sleds.
Whitehorse RCMP have assisted in locating a missing seven-year-old child on April 7, around 7:30pm, who was separated from their family while running dog sled teams at Fish Lake. According to a press release from this morning, the RCMP immediately activated Yukon Search and Rescue, contracted helicopter support, and deployed snowmobiles for the search. The pilot flying the helicopter observed the child and was able to lead the RCMP via helicopter to the location. The child was then transported via helicopter to be cleared medically and returned to their family.
The child had been trained in winter survival and knew to stay in one place, tied off the dogsled team, put on extra layers of clothing, sought shelter, and waited to be found.
"This was a fortunate outcome for a Yukon family, with thanks to the volunteers at Yukon Search and Rescue and Gerd at Alpine Aviation." says Whitehorse RCMP Detachment Commander Inspector Lindsay Ellis. "The actions of this child were exemplary under the difficult circumstances – this child is truly amazing".