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Biography & Autobiography Survival

Rescue Me

Behind the Scenes of Search and Rescue

by (author) Cathalynn Labonté-Smith

Caitlin Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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Rescue Me takes you behind the scenes of some of North America’s riskiest search and rescue operations. Author Cathalynn Labonté-Smith shares real-life stories as told by volunteer members of Search and Rescue teams, who find the lost and rescue the injured in the most extreme conditions and situations the wilds of North America throw at them. From rescuing avalanche victims in blinding snowstorms, to climbing into vehicles teetering on cliff edges to free passengers from mangled metal or crossing wafer-thin ice to save an injured cross-country skier, these thrilling first-hand accounts will forever change how you prepare for your next outdoor adventure. Labonté-Smith uncovers everyday dangers, from the unexpected risks of familiar urban settings to the extreme conditions in North America’s wilderness. Deserving of a place both on your bookshelf and in your backpack, Rescue Me is a must-read book that could save your life.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Cathalynn Cindy Labonté-Smith grew up in Southwestern Alberta and moved to Vancouver, BC, to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After graduation, she worked as a freelance journalist until present. She became a technical writer in wireless communication and other high-tech industries, earning a Certificate in Technical Writing from Simon Fraser University. She later went to UBC to complete a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and taught English, journalism, and other subjects at Vancouver high schools. She currently lives in Gibsons and North Vancouver, BC, where she writes, edits, plays with her chihuahuas, spends time with her friends, fellow writers and family.

Editorial Reviews

"Rescue Me is an indispensable book on Search and Rescue. It provides a comprehensive overview of the BC Search and Rescue organization and a fascinating oral history of the volunteers—women, men, and dogs—who put themselves at risk to save the lives of people lost in the wilderness. It captures their love of the wilderness and their dedication to search and rescue. It is a great read."

—Jeff Hortobagyi, Board Member, Disaster Recovery Institute Canada