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.