A 3 year old boy is back home safe with his grateful family after spending a night alone in the wilderness behind Union Bay.
Lachlan McKenzie went missing Sunday night while playing outside his family’s home, sparking a massive search effort that led to his discovery 4 kilometres away the next day and his parents are still coming to grips with what’s happened.
Heather McKenzie can’t believe what her family has just made it through.
“A little bit elated and kind of that overall what just happened. What just happened,” says the Union Bay Mother of 2.
After her 3-year-old son Lachlan spent a whole night all alone, lost in the wilderness behind Union Bay.
“I went through the back and beyond,” says 3 year old Lachlan.
The back and beyond is what the 3 year old calls the rugged logging roads, trees and 4 kilometres of space he covered after toddling away on his bike while playing outside the family home Sunday evening. Becoming lost he says he just kept going.
“I kept going because maybe this way is the way back home,” says the 3 year old.
As searchers from across the Island mobilized and his worried mother waited through the night for word.
“So crack of dawn I’m over at the control centre where’s the update? There’s no update and then there’s no update there’s no update. No update,” says Heather McKenzie.
Then a remarkable 15 hours after the 3 year old went missing searchers found him and returned him home to his grateful parents.
“It’s just like you’re like this inside,” says Heather McKenzie tightening her fists, “and then it’s like whoosh, such a relief.”
“So thank-you everybody who took part in this search. We’re very happy,” says Lachlan’s Dad, Darius McKenzie.
Though Lachlan and his glider bike won’t be together on any wild adventures any time soon,
“I hung the bike up it’s like bike privileges suspended,” says Heather McKenzie.
But the tike who’s brought a happy ending to so many, after surviving in bear and cougar country on mouthfuls of berries seems very content to be under the watchful eyes of his parents once again.
After a night that no one around Union Bay will soon forget.