Search crews were busy this weekend at Squamish and Coquitlam searching for Ty. On Saturday, helicopters took crews high into the alpine areas looking for signs of travel. Ty has huge feet – size 16 and this has been a help identifying his tracks. Searchers are trained to look for even the slightest hint or track – from broken branches to a piece of thread.
Low cloud and rain kept searchers out of the high alpine Sunday, but they used the time to search lower down, following the trail out of Widgeon Creek near Pitt Lake. Monday’s sunshine will allow them to continue in the high alpine near Bull Canyon.
There are many routes Ty may have taken. The area they are covering is huge and the teams follow a strategic plan to cover the route and to pinpoint where to search next. It is a very rugged and thickly forested area. There are many blueberries and lots of creeks for water. Hikers have been known to survive for weeks on berries alone.
At the command center each person is trained to do a job, from monitoring communications and gps marks from searchers on the ground, to assisting helicopters with landing and loading. The trained crews are professional and kind.
The family is so thankful for the incredible manpower that has been deployed to help find Tyler.
Everyone asks how they can help and many want to go out and search for Ty. After watching Search and Rescue at work we know that it takes a lot of training to develop the skills needed to look for a lost hiker. Donations towards the search can be made at www.missingtylerwright.blogspot.com We’ve learned a lot about Search and Rescue over the past week and are truly impressed.