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Police track down man in distress at AY Jackson Lookout

Given hazardous nature of the area, police were concerned he’d put himself in jeopardy
AY Jackson Lookout in Greater Sudbury.

Greater Sudbury Police were able to successfully track down a man in distress at the A.Y. Jackson Lookout trail system Sunday.

Staff Sgt. Chris Brown said Greater Sudbury Police got a call about the man, who seemed to be having a medical concern, at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The area was contained, and an initial search failed to locate the individual. But while police were still on scene, they observed him from a distance within the trail system.

“He actively evaded the officers who were trying to make contact with him,” said Brown.

After a “very lengthy K-9 track,” the man was located in good condition at around 7 p.m. Sunday evening. 

“The K-9 handler and supporting members with the K-9, they covered approximately 22 kilometres in total,” said Brown, adding that besides the K-9 team, police also employed a drone, ATVs and search and rescue teams.

He said the Sudbury police were also supported by the OPP, and the Greater Sudbury Fire Service’s water rescue unit was on standby.

Given the hazardous nature of the area, which includes a waterfall and fast-flowing water, police were especially concerned for the man, Brown said.

“The concern was that he was in crisis, he was in that area, and exposed himself to jeopardy, either by going in or near the water itself, or any of the steep edges that are there,” Brown said. “The concern was for his well-being.”