Chu Chua elder Roy Lampreau, 72, was airlifted to hospital Tuesday afternoon after he had been reported missing when he did not return from cutting wood on Monday afternoon.
Adam Hobler of Kamloops Search and Rescue commented on Facebook, “A successful search and then rescue today thanks to some amazing community support.
“Well over 70 members of Chu Chua searched day and night for Roy Lampreau. SAR teams from Barriere, Wells Gray, Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Logan Lake and Merritt also attended and four separate PEP air teams from Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops.
“Lampreau’s truck rolled over top of him and pinned him underneath for 32 hours on a remote back road north of Barriere. He could see the planes searching for him and tried signalling them by reflecting sunlight with his watch but with no success.
“Once located it took crews an hour to rescue him and transport him to an air ambulance helicopter.”
Another S&R member commented that it was a volunteer search member from the area who found Lampreau,
“They were relentless in their search,” he said, “Roy was found a long ways up Leonie Creek with his leg pinned under one of the vehicles wheels. Thirty-two hours was a long time to be in that situation.”