Woman, 78, rescued after 2 days in bush

Published: August 10, 2007 | 6622nd good news item since 2003

A 78-year-old woman lost in the bush north of Winnipeg for two days is expected to make a full recovery after battling a ferocious storm and swarms of mosquitos, RCMP said today.

“She’s in excellent shape and expected to make a full recovery,” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Chris Ballard said.

The elderly woman, last seen by family on Friday, was found last night by searchers in a bushy area near her Thalberg, Manitoba home,

Her family reported her missing to Grand Marais RCMP early Sunday afternoon. The last they knew she had driven from her isolated home to visit a friend in nearby Beausejour. Thalberg is about 40 kilometres north of Beausejour on Hwy. 12.

RCMP immediately launched a search and at 6:40 p.m. found her vehicle in a bush area two kilometres from her residence. She was not with her vehicle.

RCMP search and rescue team, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association were contacted to participate in an air and ground search.

At 10:15 p.m. the woman was located by a police dog, and search and rescue team in the bush approximately 2.5 kilometres from her vehicle.

She was conscious and able to speak with her rescuers. She was taken to Beausejour hospital by ambulance.

Ballard said it appears on returning from Beausejour the woman drove past her home and got stuck in mud. She left the car in attempt to get back to her house, but became disoriented.

Ballard said she had no food and only rainwater to drink. She was outside for all of Saturday night, in which a thunderstorm blew through the area, and tornados were spotted just a few kilometres southeast of her location.

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