Eastern Shore Ground
Search and Rescue is a community based organization made up completely
by volunteers who believe and share a common goal - their dedication
to saving lives.
IN February of 1980,
the Eastern Shore Ground Search and Rescue Team was
called out to find a person lost in the East Chezzetcook area of Nova
person had been working in the woods with his horse and was returning
across Goose Lake when the horse broke through the ice. The man was
return home to pick up rope and equipment to rescue his horse and then
back to the lake. When he did not return. the RCMP was called and a
the area was initiated.
THE search team found the man soon after entering the area. He was out
lake trying to rescue his frantic horse. The search team immediately
joined in the
rescue attempts, which at this point consisted largely of trying to
pull the horse
out by the neck. Eventually, it was realized the only way to extricate
floundering animal was to roll it out. The searchers looped a noose
horse's neck and pulled until the poor beast was barely conscious. The
offered little resistance as the search team rolled him from the icy
water to a
patch of thick ice. The woodsman and his horse, cold and exhausted,
on their way returning home safely.
THE next day, one of the searchers related the circumstances of the
rescue to a
co-worker named Charles (Chick) Winchcombe. Mr. Winchcombe sketched
scene based on that description. The sketch was shown at the next meeting
the ground search team and the members found it to be quite amusing.
was decided to that the team needed a crest that was to very different
other team. The Search Director thought that as we already had a sketch
was unquestionably different, we should adopt it as our crest.
That is the story of how the sketch of the horse being rescued from
water was officially adopted as the crest of the Eastern shore Ground
.. the saga of the missing woodsman and his horse lives on.