CORNER BROOK — The RCMP on the Northern Peninsula dealt with two separate incidents of missing people overnight Saturday.
Fortunately, both stories had good endings.
The first call, regarding two overdue hunters from St. John’s, came in to the Port Saunders detachment at around 12:35 a.m. Sunday morning. The were believed to have entered the woods near Bluey Mountain, southeast of Hawkes Bay.
The police began a search effort and the Long Range Search and Rescue team was on standby, but was not deployed. The two hunters were located when they called around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning to advise they were in good health and had stayed on the mountain overnight after a successful hunt.
The second incident involved a call that came in around 1 a.m. regarding an elderly couple from the Green Island Cove area overdue from a berry-picking excursion in the area of the St. Anthony Airport. Family reported the two had left to go berry picking around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
The RCMP, along with the Long Range Search and Rescue team and The Straits Fire Department organized search parties that worked throughout the night. They located the couple’s vehicle on a gravel forest access road near the airport.
The search teams later located the couple walking out of the area at around 6:30 am Sunday. Both did not require medical attention.
The couple indicated they had become disoriented while picking berries and had to spend the night in the woods.