Man in wheelchair saved after becoming stuck in North Kentville

Wendy Elliott, Kings County News
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NORTH KENTVILLE - A young man in a motorized, scooter-type wheelchair got stuck May 8 in a gravel pit off Lanzy Road in North Kentville.

Kevin Awalt was riding his three-wheeler in the area around the old landfill when he spotted an abandoned scooter. He brought it home, thinking it was stolen. That’s when he discovered a wallet in the scooter.

Awalt looked up the 24-year-old man on Facebook and discovered that he depended on the scooter for mobility. Awalt went to his home to return his wallet and scooter, but no one was home and the door was locked.

“I got to thinking – what if it wasn’t stolen?” Awalt went back to the area on his ATV with his son to see if the man was still in the area.

Near the scooter, Awalt found the man’s sneakers, shoes and socks. “He’d crawled away,” Awalt said.

While looking for the man, Awalt met an RCMP officer, Sgt. Rick Bushey, who happened to be training his police service dog in the same area mid-afternoon.

Minutes later, Awalt heard the man yell for help.

While the RCMP officer put his dog in his vehicle, Awalt picked up the man and helped him on his ATV.

“I asked him it he was OK, and he said, ‘I’m awfully thirsty’. I asked him how long he’d been there for and he said it seemed like forever,” Awalt said.

The man had become stuck in the mud around 10 a.m. and it was close to 4 p.m. before he was found.

“He was covered in wood ticks and mud where he’d been crawling,” Awalt said.

Awalt drove the man out of the woods on his ATV while the RCMP officer called for help. An ambulance came to pick up the man, who was exhibiting some signs of dehydration.

The man had gotten off the scooter to try and find his cell phone, which Awalt went back to retrieve the next day.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: North Kentville

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