A 3 year old missing boy has survived a night alone in the wilderness after biking away from his family’s Union Bay home Sunday night. Searchers from across the Island looked through the night for little Lochlin McKenzie, until an all terrain vehicle team made an amazing discovery 4 rugged kilometres from where the tike was last seen.
Exhausted searchers who’ve combed through the night for missing 3 year old Lochlin McKenzie, were looking for any sign of him, when the amazing unfolded.
“High fives,” yells a crew of searchers cheering, “this is a good day.”
“The helicopter flew right over and said they found him, they found him,” says a woman sharing the news with searchers.
Just before 11 Monday morning, the tiny boy was found. An amazing 4 kilometres away from the home he and his glider bike toddled away from Sunday night.
“I’m pretty amazed right now. I’m pretty happy,” says the boy’s father Darius McKenzie just moments after hearing the news. “They were calling down from the helicopter they saw me searching so yeah I’m gonna go see him.”
And he is in remarkably good shape after spending an entire night alone in the wilderness of Vancouver Island.
“I went a far way away from home,” says the 3 year old, as he emerges with searchers who found him. “He was miles and miles away,” say the crew. “He was on his bicycle when we found him.”
“What did you do last night Lochlin? Did you eat lots of berries?” “I ate lots of berries, “he says, with berries still stained on his cheeks.
“He was found on a logging road,” says Comox Ground Search & Rescue’s Paul Berry. “He had crossed the Inland Island highway we don’t know if that was this morning or sometime in the evening but there are a number of overpasses for logging roads that criss cross the highway we don’t know if that was some time in the morning or the evening.”
“We asked him where he slept,” says the 3-year-old’s dad Darius McKenzie. “And he said he slept on his bike I don’t know how that’s possible but. There’s bears, there’s cougars out there yeah he said there was lost of poop that he had to drive his bike around and that’s all bear poop. Because there’s no one pup there that’s just logging roads.”
Delivering a happy ending for his family and the army of searchers who came from all over the Island.
“Awesome. Feel like crying, says searcher from Black Creek Gord Degraaf. “I got a 3 year old two and I know what it’s like so they weren’t going to stop me from coming out here and looking for him.
To find a lost little boy, who’s living proof of a tale that will fuel searches for years to come.