Rescuers fly Cape Breton boy to hospital

CBC News

A seven-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Cape Breton home two days ago was found alive, suffering from hypothermia and huddled in an area of thick brush and snow on Monday, the local police chief said.

Searchers found James Delorey in the woods about 1.3 kilometres from his home in South Bar, near Sydney, N.S., at approximately 12:15 p.m., Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Myles Burke said.

"James is in a very serious situation at this point," he said.

Paramedics and search-and-rescue teams managed to move the boy, who is in critical condition, to a waiting EHS LifeFlight helicopter that was able to land about 400 metres away from where Delorey was found.

More than four hours after his discovery, the boy was airlifted to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

"With the paramedics doing their job and getting the 400 metres to where the chopper landed, it took an extreme amount of time and a lot of effort on their part to extract him from the area he was located," said Const. Kenny Routledge.

"With the seriousness of his condition, moving him very slow and precisely is imperative," he said.

Paul Maynard, spokesman for Nova Scotia Emergency Health Services, said earlier Monday that the boy had "a faint pulse" and was hypothermic.

Halifax Regional Search and Rescue volunteers had found Delorey by a brook near Kilkenny Lake. Paramedics were flown to the scene in a helicopter to assess the boy's condition.

Delorey, who doesn't speak, wandered out of the family backyard at about 2 p.m. on Saturday. He was apparently following the family's dog, named Chance.

The boy was wearing only jeans, a shirt and a vest — nothing to prepare for the cold temperatures and heavy snow that hit the area that day.

On Monday morning, Chance returned home. Search and rescue officials said a team was working to trace the dog's tracks when another team located Delorey in the direction they were travelling.

The massive search effort included search and rescue teams from around Nova Scotia, as well as hundreds of community volunteers.

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