Tim Jones's son and North Shore Rescue back in action
Son of the team's former leader led a rescue the day after his father's memorial
The day after North Shore Rescue said good-bye to leader Tim Jones with a special public memorial, his son was back in action leading the rescue of eight hikers lost on Grouse Mountain, located just north of Vancouver.
Last weekend, Tim Jones died after collapsing from cardiac arrest on Mount Seymour. On Saturday, thousands of people turned out to pay tribute to him at a parade and memorial service in North Vancouver.
Then on Sunday night came the first operation for North Shore Rescue since Jones's death. A team, led by Jones's son Curtis was called out to find eight hikers who'd gotten lost north of the Baden Powell Trail on Grouse Mountain.
Doug Pope, a search manager for NSR, said it was a routine call for the rescuers, but a proud moment for the all-volunteer team.
"It was good to see that we're just carrying on business as usual and doing our calls, and it was nice to see Curtis out and leading the team and getting the people out safely. It's what we do best," said Pope.
During his 25 years of volunteer service, Tim Jones took part in more than 1,400 rescue operations that saved the lives of countless hikers, skiers and snowboarders.
A memorial fund in his name has already raised more than $77,000 to finance operations at North Shore Rescue, which is staffed entirely by volunteers.