Dog walker found alive in Coquitlam

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Poitras had sustained injuries and is being airlifted to hospital, according to a RCMP press release.

Marcel Poitras thanked police and searchers for all the work they did to find his wife. She has been on an IV since she arrived at the hospital Wednesday and was receiving physiotherapy, he told The Tri-City News Thursday afternoon.

"Everybody's healthy, everybody's happy that everybody's home", she said. "There are no broken bones or anything, just some muscle trauma".

Marcel broke into smiles and laughter as his wife was transferred into the ambulance. "Her husband says she would not leave the dogs", said Coquitlam Search and Rescue spokesperson Michael Coyle.

"She may have gotten to a certain point and [elderly Bubba] just sat down". Sore, exhausted and unable to go any further, she hunkered down again with the animals and waited for rescuers to find her.

"This woman, this incredible woman and these dogs", she said. "She was waiving her jacket and yelled herself hoarse".

THE CANADIAN PRESS Search and rescue volunteers exit a trail on Eagle Mountain after Annette Poitras was found in Coquitlam, B.C., on Wednesday.

Anyone wishing to help is encouraged to support the family and the dog-walking community in this hard time.

Search and rescue crews found Annette Poitras, 56, in the Coquitlam Watershed area at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, along with the three dogs she was walking when she went missing. When she did not return, her husband drove up to the trailhead at the top of Plateau Boulevard and saw her vehicle - but no sign of her. "I just want to say support your local search and rescue. and hug your spouse tonight".

Poitras was found in a marshy basin in the watershed area, between Cypress and Burke Mountain.

The situation appeared bleak Tuesday night when the search was temporarily called off due to darkness and bad weather.

RCMP say it is imperative that members of the public do not attempt to do searches of their own.

"Every call you make during a search has more meaning", he said. "They also used some information (from ) cell phone location", said McLaughlin.

Marcel Poitras spoke to reporters with tears in his eyes at the search and rescue command post, moments after learning his wife was safe.

"There is no indication of foul play but Poitras was not prepared to spend the night outside". Anyone heading into the back country, even if only for a quick walk, should be equipped with the 10 essentials, which can be found on the Coquitlam SAR's website (www.coquitlam-sar.bc.ca). "You have no idea how much this means to all of us". "We can't say enough about the searchers".

"And then the dogs lit up and started barking extensively, so we knew were on the right path and we got a team over to her to assess her", said Al Hurley, manager of Coquitlam Search and Rescue.

Janet Kilberg's boxer, Roxy, is one of the dogs rescued alongside Poitras.

"I so appreciate everything that has been done", she said.

Tina Presley, a friend of Annette's, and Bubba's owner, was elated. Annette Poitras is in her 50s and walks the trails often behind Port Moody and Coquitlam. "It's emotional. It's a good day for us and a great day for the family".

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