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Arrowsmith Search and Rescue manager featured in new book

Nick Rivers shares experiences as certified swiftwater rescuer
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Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped evacuate residents impacted by the flooding on Martindale Road on Nov. 15, 2021. (PQB News file photo)

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue’s search manager, Nick Rivers, is featured in a new book about some of North America’s riskiest search and rescue operations.

Rivers shares some of his accounts as a certified swiftwater rescuer, which has the highest level of risk of all rescues, in Rescue Me: Behind the Scenes of Search and Rescue by Cathalynn Labonte-Smith, according to a news release.

His experiences include rappelling down into the Little Qualicum River to pull a man out of the raging, frigid water in December 2020, surely saving a life.

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The book relays stories by volunteer members of search and rescue teams working in extreme conditions such as saving avalanche victims in a snowstorm, climbing into vehicles teetering on cliff edges to free passengers from mangled metal and crossing wafer-thin ice to save an injured cross-country skier.

Rescue Me is published by Caitlin Press Inc.

— NEWS Staff

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