6-year-old Alberta boy and his dog found after day alone in forest

EDMONTON – A six-year-old boy and his six-month-old golden Labrador were found safe Monday night after nearly 12 hours alone in the forest near New Fish Creek.

The boy and his dog wandered off his family’s property around 10 a.m.

After searching for two hours themselves, family and neighbours contacted Valleyview RCMP.

Officials searched the surrounding farm lands and forest for hours.

“We were playing against time,” said Staff-Sgt. Bruce Bracken. “The temperature was dropping and nightfall was setting in.”

At about 9 p.m., the boy and his dog were found 1.5 kilometres south of his home.

He was rescued on an all-terrain vehicle, assessed by EMS, and returned home with his family.

“We all pulled together to find this little boy and it paid off,” said Bracken.

The RCMP helicopter, two Sustainable Resource Development helicopters, Civilian Air Search and Rescue, four police service dogs, several search managers from across Alberta, ATVs, volunteers on horseback, and about 50 trained Search and Rescue personnel helped in the search effort.

New Fish Creek is about 380 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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