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Teenager Subject of Large Search After Getting Lost on Trail Slept in a Cave, Ate Berries: ‘All That Wilderness Training Paid Off’

A teenage boy slept in a cave and ate berries to outlive after he received misplaced in an Ontario park, sparking a big police search operation.

Zachary Harding, 13, was discovered secure on Thursday morning after he received misplaced in Harrison Park close to the town of Owen Sound, The Owen Sound Sun Times first reported.

Local police declared {the teenager} lacking on Wednesday night time and managed to reunite him together with his dad and mom lower than 24 hours later because of a tip off from a member of the general public.

Authorities searched in a single day for the boy, who was final seen in a playground on Wednesday afternoon earlier than his disappearance.

After being reunited together with his son, the boy’s father Ralph Harding advised the Owen Sound Sun Times and different reporters: “[He] spent the night in a cave, ate berries. So all that wilderness training paid off and the Owen Sound police just found him.”

He later advised the native information outlet that the police operation had been “amazing,” including that his son had received misplaced after going up a path after he “missed the meeting point with his grandpa.”

In a media release posted on social media yesterday by the Owen Sound Police Service, the pressure mentioned: “Thanks to a tip from a member of the general public, 13-year-old Zachary Harding has been situated.

“The Owen Sound Police Service want to thank the Ontario Provincial Police, our Auxillary Unit, the volunteers, members of the general public and the media who assisted us in finding Zachary this morning.”

Owen Sound Police service added that the boy was in “good well being” and had been reunited with household.

The pressure posted a public alert after 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday asking the general public to look out for the then-missing teenager however not enter the “bush space” that officers have been looking in a single day.

Its Wednesday alert additionally famous that the 13-year-old was misplaced outdoors all night time with little greater than a brief sleeve shirt and denims to maintain him heat.

His father mentioned that temperatures fell as little as six levels in a single day.

While Zachary was rescued this week, Canadian lacking kids statistics paint a bleaker image.

The Missing Children Society of Canada mentioned that figures from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police service confirmed there have been 42,233 reports of missing children within the nation final yr.

But Canadian authorities information additionally reveals that just about two thirds of lacking kids and youth reviews have been removed within a day of being posted whereas 92 p.c have been taken down inside every week.

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