A 13-year-old boy is recovering at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital this morning after what police are calling a close call.

Cape Breton regional police said he went missing from his home on Country Lane Road in Albert Bridge, just south of Sydney, at around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Staff Sgt. Ken O'Neil said the boy was later found unconscious in a wooded area near Hills Road — he was not dressed for winter.

O’Neil said a full ground search and rescue team was deployed.

“We called out canine unit out there and he followed a set of tracks, had no success. Shortly thereafter we called ground search and rescue full team ground search and rescue setup on site and then around 11 p.m. they found the young boy and when I say they found him, I mean they found him in an unconscious state,” he said.

It's not clear how the boy came to be lost in the woods, said O’Neil.

He says the 13-year-old is known to police, but won't elaborate because of privacy issues.

The boy is now in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

“This was a very fortunate circumstance and a big credit to ground search — it was a close circumstance,” said O’Neil.