A proposal by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources to rename a Mount Seymour peak after rescuer Tim Jones has the support of North Shore Rescue.
“Tim saved a lot of lives on that summit.”
Doug Pope from North Shore Rescue said since the second peak of Mount Seymour does not have a commonly used name, renaming the peak would be a service.
“We think it’s a good idea from a search and rescue perspective to have it named. It alleviates confusion when we’re on the phone telling us where they are.”
Tim Jones, a longtime paramedic, was a prolific volunteer with North Shore Rescue.
He died on Mount Seymour in January 2014 from an apparent heart attack.
Meanwhile, North Shore Rescue says 2015 was the busiest year they’ve had in their 50 year history.
“We’re at about 137 calls for assistance, and a normal year for us is about 90 calls.”
Pope says the increase could be due to a number of factors.
“There’s just generally more people getting out to the wild areas of the North Shore here at all times of the year.”
He reminds people going into the back-country to be prepared and use safe routes.