Trail and Greater District RCMP respond to S.O.S. signal

Trail and Greater District

2022-01-11 08:55 PST

File # # 2022-60

Nothing else can save me, S.O.S. (ABBA, 1975)

On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 11:13 p.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report of a light flashing a S.O.S. distress signal from Lookout Street, in Trail, BC. A 41-year-old Trail woman noticed the S.O.S. distress signal and reported it to the Trail RCMP. The Trail woman was able to guide the Trail RCMP to the source of the signal coming from a residence on Lookout Street. The officers hiked through the deep snow of a long, unplowed driveway to arrive at the residence. Trail RCMP spoke to and confirmed that the signaler, a 37-year-old Nelson woman, was in good health; however, became stranded inside the residence due to the unplowed driveway. The Nelson woman said she was trying to signal the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue or City of Trail to attend the residence to help her clear snow off the driveway.

Trail RCMP provided the 37-year-old Nelson woman with guidance on how to get the driveway cleared of snow and warned her not to use SOS in this kind of situation.

S.O.S.(three dots/three dashes/three dots) is an international Morse code distress signal can stand for Save Our Souls or Save Our Ship. We ask the public to only used it in emergency situations. Trail RCMP would like to thank the 41-year-old Trail woman for contacting and guiding us to the distress signal with surprising accuracy. The attending officers were impressed with her ability to interpret the signal and help us quickly find the location. - Sgt. Wicentowich

Released by:
Sgt. Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail RCMP

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