Toddler safe after 3½ hours in a corn field
STARS air ambulance pinpoints youngster's location for searchers
A two-year-old boy spent about 3½ hours in a corn field Monday morning, before finally being found — safe and sound — by searchers.
RCMP say the youngster's mother phoned them just before 11 a.m. CST, to report the boy missing in a corn field not far from the family's home, east of Weyburn, Sask.
At that point, he had been missing for two hours. The family had been looking for him and called RCMP for assistance.
According to RCMP, the boy had been out and about on the family's yard but took off, with the family dog, into a field. He was quick on his feet and managed to get about 400 metres into the field by the time he was found.
The family figured he was in the field based on mud prints made by his small rubber boots. That was confirmed by a volunteer in a search plane who spotted the boy from above and reported to the ground team.
Community volunteers, RCMP officers as well as a search and rescue team were looking for the boy. The Weyburn fire department and STARS air ambulance helicopter also assisted with the search.
The helicopter team was able to pinpoint the youngster, who was still with the family dog, and direct ground searchers to his location in the corn field.
The youngster was found around 12:30 p.m. He was checked out on the scene by EMS.
RCMP said he was upset, but otherwise in fine shape.