Man, 83, treated for exposure after wandering from vehicle in bone-chilling temperatures

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An 83-year-old man is recovering in hospital after spending two hours in bone-chilling cold temperatures after his car got stuck in the snow.

Kings District RCMP responded to a report of a motorist who had wandered away from his vehicle on a dead-end road off Route 24 near Caledonia Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m.

Police officers responded immediately and, at approximately 8:15 a.m., located the man in the snow a short distance from his vehicle.  

The man, from White Sands, P.E.I., was conscious, but in distress, after having spent almost two hours in -22C degree weather.

Island EMS, RCMP Police Dog Services and local residents assisted Kings District RCMP. He was then taken to Kings County Memorial Hospital in Montague and later transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown for treatment for exposure to the extreme weather.

Police say the phone call from a nearby resident which proved vital to finding the man could have meant the difference between life and death.




Organizations: RCMP, Kings County Memorial Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Caledonia, White Sands, Montague Charlottetown

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