A massive search has been underway for a missing senior.
The 81 year old Korean woman wandered away from her family’s home near nanaimo last night, sparking an exhaustive search last night.
Teams were back at it today, fearing the worst.
81 year old Kyeong Soon Kim doesn’t speak a word of English.
Searchers think she may have lost her way while venturing out for fiddleheads on Friday night.
Crews searched until dark , and were back at it first thing today.
“We’ve searched all the main trails now we’re searching the side trails for this person,” said Search and Rescue Manager Keith Smith.
Worried family members can only suffer through an agonizing wait as they hope for any good news, “The family is here. They are very concerned,” said Smith.
Finally at mid morning, a ray of hope. Word comes in of a potential sighing, several kilometres away from where she went missing.
Kim is eventually found waiting by the entrance to the local Fish and Game Club, after apparently walking a long distance through the night.
“We found her. I measured the distance, she walked 7 kilometres through the night. So at 81 years old I hope I’m in that good a shape,” said Smith.
Kim is said to be in relatively good health, but most importantly, alive. And that is thanks thanks entirely to the team of volunteers, who put in hundreds of hours a year to keep all of us safe on Vancouver Island.