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 Scotia. This
person had been working in the woods with his horse and was returning home
across Goose Lake when the horse broke through the ice. The man was able to
return home to pick up rope and equipment to rescue his horse and then headed
back to the lake. When he did not return. the RCMP was called and a search of
the area was initiated.
THE search team found the man soon after entering the area. He was out on the
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 the
floundering animal was to roll it out. The searchers looped a noose around the
horse's neck and pulled until the poor beast was barely conscious. The horse
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, continued
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 the
scene based on that description. The sketch was shown at the next meeting of
the ground search team and the members found it to be quite amusing. Later, it
was decided to that the team needed a crest that was to very different from any
other team. The Search Director thought that as we already had a sketch that
was unquestionably different, we should adopt it as our crest.
That is the story of how the sketch of the horse being rescued from the freezing
water was officially adopted as the crest of the Eastern shore Ground Search and
Rescue team.

.. the saga of the missing woodsman and his horse lives on.

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