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Incredibly, no one hurt or killed in Fairmont slidesPosted: July 20, 2012
Columbia Valley RCMP stated July 17 that they have not received any reports of overdue travelers or missing persons since the July 15 landslide that occurred at Fairmont Hot Springs.
That said, police are asking the public to make sure all loved ones, who may have been at Fairmont July 15, are accounted for.
“The Fairmont area of British Columbia is an internationally known travel destination with visitors from coast to coast and around the world. We ask all tourists who were in the Fairmont area to contact their families and loved ones to ensure that all are accounted for,” stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
At around 4:45 pm on Sunday July 15, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report of a landslide at the Fairmont Creek area. The RCMP immediately activated an emergency disaster response via the Provincial Emergency Program and Emergency Management BC.
The RCMP was amongst several emergency response agencies working under the Incident Commander System in an assistance role to the Regional District East Kootenays who have remained as the Incident Command agency.
The RCMP SED Air Services helicopter attended the area on July 15 and conducted flight duties in support of operations on both July 15 and 16. Throughout the response the RCMP has had between six to 12 members, including the SED Traffic Services and Police Services Dog team at the scene.
Off duty Iqaluit RCMP S/Sgt Neil Pearson was amongst the campers who were cut off. Although holidaying, S/Sgt Pearson went into ‘cop mode’ and was of great assistance to the those stranded and kept the responders up to date on the safety and well being of the some 600 stranded campers,Cpl Moskaluk said.
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