RCMP Corporal Justin Hewlett is commending the quick response time and brave work of the local Fire Department and the public in Westport in getting a man to the hospital after he was involved in an incident in the woods near that community earlier this week.
Hewlett says he was already in Westport on Tuesday evening responding to a motor vehicle accident when a local resident ran up to him and said they needed an ambulance for a man that was trapped under a log more than a kilometer in the woods.
Hewlett says it was his understanding that the man had gone in to cut firewood that morning and his family went looking for him when he didn't return home when expected.
Hewlett says when he arrived on the roadside, he was told that a number of people would be needed to get the man out. Hewlett says another local man went into town and started rallying bodies to come help.
"It was 75 minutes from the time I was informed, and called the ambulance, to the time the man was headed to the hospital," he said.
Hewlett maintains that it would be a challenge to get any better result, considering the Volunteer Fire Department and members of the public travelled to where the man was, freed him, and got him out safely in such a short period of time.
"It was really a testament to the great work done by the local people - they took it very seriously, and did a great job."
The man's injuries have not been confirmed.