Man located as a result of RCMP officers' day-long search

RCMP

Police say the efforts of officers to find the driver of an abandoned vehicle in Kings County likely saved the driver's life.

Officers were dispatched at 6:09 a.m. on May 5 to a call of a vehicle in a ditch off North River Road, near McGee Lake, and when they arrived, the found the vehicle on its side in knee deep water.

RCMP say a small dog was found in the vehicle when it was discovered, and officers identified blood inside, but a short search of the area didn't produce the driver.

A release says when police called the owner of the vehicle, they were told a family member had been driving the vehicle and, with the dog, were headed to a cottage near the collision scene.

Police say they checked the cottage and the driver was still missing, and a police K9 Unit was brought in once all possible leads to locate the driver had been exhausted.

A search of the area continued and at 2:00 p.m. the driver was located in medical distress, about one kilometre from the site of the original call, suffering from the effects of exposure to the cold.

RCMP members provided first aid and the driver was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police say the driver is expected to be released from hospital soon, and told them he had lost control of the vehicle on a corner.

The release states no charges will be laid and the dog was returned safe and sound to its owner.