81-year-old woman missing for 2 nights found safe

An 81-year-old woman who spent two nights in a van after it got a flat tire following a visit to Porters Lake Provincial Park has been found safe, RCMP confirm.

RCMP say ground search and rescue crews found Myrna Burgess Wednesday evening

Search and rescue teams worked for hours to locate 81-year-old Myrna Burgess. (Robert Short/CBC)

An 81-year-old woman who spent two nights in a van after it got a flat tire following a visit to Porters Lake Provincial Park has been found safe, RCMP confirm.

RCMP say ground search and rescue crews on ATVs found Myrna Burgess in her vehicle on a back wooded road in the community of Ship Harbour around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"She was alert and quite happy to be found and she was still with the van, which was in a very isolated area," said RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson.

Ship Harbour is about an hour's drive away from Porters Lake Provincial Park.

Burgess was taken to hospital for treatment and assessment, said RCMP, and is expected to soon be released.

Burgess and her 83-year-old husband stayed in their van overnight Monday into Tuesday after they got a flat tire, according to police.

At around noon on Tuesday, Burgess's husband left the vehicle to find help and walked for several hours before meeting other people.

The group was unable to find the car, or Burgess, and contacted police around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burgess's husband was checked at the hospital and released.

Ground search and rescue personnel, along with an aircraft, searched the area from Murchyville Road in the Musquodoboit Valley to Porters Lake Provincial Park.​