Missing quadder rescued after 2 days in the elements near Grande Prairie

EDMONTON – A 28-year-old man who was separated from his group while quadding near Grande Prairie Thursday night has been safely located after spending two nights alone in the wilderness.

Late Thursday night, five people were quadding near the Canfor haul road, about 10-20 kilometres south of Grande Prairie, when they realized Drysdale was missing. After searching for him for four or five hours the group notified police.

RCMP say the experienced outdoorsman lit a small fire and spent Thursday night in a densely treed area. While walking Friday morning Drysdale came across the Wapiti River and spend the next day-and-a-half walking along the river bank.

During his travels Drysdale came across a trapper’s cabin where he spent Friday night. He was able to dry his clothes and found a can of chicken noodle soup to eat.

Saturday morning Drysdale continued walking along the river bank until he was found by the search helicopter.

Officers say Drysdale was wearing a helmet and was dressed for the conditions. He was checked out by medical staff and determined to be in good health.

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