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Last week a serious issue ended up with the death of a Montreal Woman, Marie-Josée Fortin. While a Montreal couple was on a romantic get a way they went for a walk. During their walk they took a wrong turn, they couldn’t find their way back to the path. They left many SOS signs. A couple of days later a skier at the resort noticed the SOS signs. He had reported it to the Kicking Horse resort. The resort listened to the report but, they did not report it to the RMCP. The Death of Marie-Josée Fortin could of easily been prevented.
There is no excuse for the resorts inappropriate actions of not reporting the SOS signs to the Mounted Police; the resort didn’t even know that anyone was missing. Two more SOS signs had been found by a group of skiers why had the RCMP not started search? The resort told the police that the SOS signs were not fresh. A member of the police said that there are always rumors going around the small town that so and so is lost or so and so is trapped. The police members say that they are just rumors. Had they thought that this would have been another rumor? Is this why they didn’t react or start the search? The job of the RCMP is to protect and help people in the area. So if someone is lost in the woods it is their job to save them not to just sit back and wait for something to happen.
The only time when the SOS signals were replied to was when a private helicopter skiing company saw the fourth SOS and a man waving his arms frantically back and fourth. The helicopter pilot lowered and picked the man up. The man who had been picked up was Marie-Josée Fortin’s Husband.
This is completely ignorant on the fact that nothing was done by either the RCMP or the Kicking Horse Resort manager.
Article posted March 1, 2009 at 03:14 PM •
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