July 13th, 2018 by

Paramedics and OPP team up for PEC search

An OPP helicopter and Hastings-Quinte EMS off-road vehicle locate a patient near North Beach in Prince Edward County, on July 12, 2018. (Photo: Submitted / Doug Socha)

The head of the Hastings-Quinte EMS is praising the cooperation between his staff and the OPP after a search for a missing person in Prince Edward County Thursday.

Police began looking for the woman around North Beach around 11:30 a.m. and asked the EMS staff for use of their side-by-side off road vehicle, to look for the woman in rugged terrain.

Hastings-Quinte EMS Chief Doug Socha tells Quinte News it’s slightly unusual for paramedics to be involved in searching for a patient, but the vehicle is a good added resource for all emergency personnel to use.

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The woman was found around 2:30 in the afternoon, after being spotted by the OPP helicopter and she was taken to Trenton Memorial Hospital with severe, but non-life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, Socha says at the same time, paramedics responded to the Dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park for a report of a near drowning.

Details about the victim weren’t released, but online reports indicate it was a male and Socha says he was taken to hospital in Picton and then transferred to Kingston General Hospital.