Rescuers of toddler in northern Saskatchewan speak out

August 20, 2014 - 6:17am
File photo of RCMP hat logo supplied by the RCMP.
File photo of RCMP hat logo supplied by the RCMP.

It was Sunday afternoon in Pelican Narrows and a two-year-old boy hadn't been seen for almost a full day.

That's when 17-year-old Kenny Canada and 24-year-old Jeffrey Custer got the call to help search.

The young men were about three-quarters of a mile behind the Opawikoscikan School which is known as the "ski hill."

"We were standing there in the rocks and then we heard a baby crying. We checked and that was him," Canada said.

The pair had been looking for the child for about 15 minutes when the crying led them into the bush.

There, they found the toddler wearing only a T-shirt and covered in bug bites.

"I just picked him up and then we left from there and took him home," Custer said.

Canada said the boy was about half a mile from his home which they walked and returned the small child to his family who had a simple message for the boys.

"They said, 'Thank you,'" Canada said.

The boy was thirsty, but is otherwise in good health and is now in the care of the Ministry of Social Services.

RCMP in Pelican Narrows are currently in the middle of an investigation to find out who was caring for the child and why it took so long to report him missing.

"Obviously those are things we're going to check into," Cpl. Doug McLaren said.

"We're lucky that they found him," McLaren said. 

-With files from The Canadian Press and paNOW

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