An 83-year-old man was found in distress but conscious after spending two hours missing near Caledonia Tuesday morning in freezing weather.

At around 7:30 a.m., RCMP responded to a report of a motorist who had wandered away from his vehicle after it became stuck in the snow and refused to start.

The vehicle was stuck on a dead-end road off Route 24 near Caledonia. 

At around 8:15 a.m., the 83-year-old driver from White Sands was found conscious but in distress after spending nearly two hours in -22 C weather. 

Kings District RCMP, with the help of paramedics, a canine unit and local volunteers, transported the man to a waiting ambulance. 

The man was taken to Montague Hospital then transferred to the QEH in Charlottetown for treatment after his exposure to extreme weather.

RCMP want to thank the local resident who called police, whose quick thinking "proved vital to finding the man quickly."

Police urge people to contact police if they see anything unusual or suspicious in their area. 

"It could mean the difference between life and death,' said Const. Chad Cormier in a news release.