Lost fisherman makes fire to survive

A Whitehorse man spent a night alone in the woods after getting lost along the city's trails Wednesday. The 30-year-old man used trails near Riverdale to reach a fishing spot on Wednesday afternoon.

A Whitehorse man spent a night alone in the woods after getting lost along the city’s trails Wednesday.

The 30-year-old man used trails near Riverdale to reach a fishing spot on Wednesday afternoon. His wife called police in the morning when he failed to return home.

Seven RCMP officers, a police dog and a Twin Otter plane were dispatched in the four-hour search.

The man was met by another fisherman who was aware of the search. After running into RCMP officers, he explained he got lost on a fork in the trail and decided to make a fire until day broke.

The man was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital and released. (James Munson)