North Shore Rescue volunteers responded to less calls than last year.
Team leader Mike Danks says volunteers responded to approximately 131 calls for help this year, down slightly from 139 calls in 2015, a record year for the rescue service.
“It’s huge. We average around 90 to 100 calls a year. Last year was our busiest year to date with 139 calls but the kind of deceiving thing about is, the last call we had lasted five days so it doesn’t really speak to how much time our volunteers have been putting in.”
Danks says while the figures are promising, there are still people missing who have not been found this year.
“There are four people that are still missing that we are continually searching for and they are in the Cypress Mountain area. And that’s Neville Jewell, Debbie Blair and then the two last snowshoers Roy Lee and Chun Lam that we were looking for so those are incredibly frustrating calls for us and we’re never going to give up looking for them.”
Danks says they are expecting another record year in 2017 with the number of tourists expected to rise.