Search teams train in Parksville

They gathered in Parksville on the weekend for their semi-annual Rescue on the Rock exercise

Top Bridge Regional Park was abuzz Sunday as search and rescue teams from across Vancouver Island practiced working together on various types of rescues. Here

Search and rescue teams from around Vancouver Island gathered in Parksville on the weekend for their semi-annual Rescue on the Rock exercise.

The idea of the exercise, say organizers, was to hone their skills in a group setting, so they’ll be able to put names to faces when they are called out to assist each other in mutual aid calls.

The exercise saw river rescues, rope rescues, aircraft searches and even a search on horseback.

The searchers based most of their activity at Top Bridge Regional Park.