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Watch: Knowledge Network debuts trailer for new North Shore Rescue series

Season 2 of the award-winning series captures real life heroics in the backcountry.

Strap on your microspikes and pack your 10 essentials. We’re going back in.

The Knowledge Network has released the trailer for Season 2 of Search and Rescue: North Shore.

The five-part docuseries, which embeds filmmakers with B.C.’s busiest mountain rescue team, was wildly popular when the first season ran in 2020, racking up nominations and awards.

Directors and producers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer of Silvapark Films are back behind the lens, and North Shore Rescue team leader Mike Danks returns to help share the stories of life-and-death missions in the backcountry.

Season 2 of the series follows North Shore Rescue along with their counterparts in Squamish for much of 2022 and into the summer of 2023 – one of the busiest periods in the team’s history. In that time they carried out rescues involving heart attacks, a BASE jumper, a paraglider, dogs, silver alerts, avalanches, and recoveries of those who did not survive. It also contains footage from the mission to rescue stranded people after an atmospheric river storm flooded the Fraser and Nicola valleys in 2021.

The trailer also highlights some of the leaps North Shore Rescue has made in acquiring new technology that helps them quickly and safely find and extract the lost and injured, including the first ever use of a helicopter hoist in darkness using night vision goggles and thermal drones that can spot rescue subjects under tree cover.

“The complicated retrievals the teams are performing are incredible to see, and we wanted to document more of the process for how these are done, ultimately giving the audience a real sense of what is involved with the rescues they see on the news,” said Baldwin, the show’s director. “Modern day innovative technology, equipment and teamwork with other first responder organizations are helping both NSR and Squamish SAR save lives, and we’re proud to continue to highlight these inspiring stories for Season 2.”

Search and Rescue: North Shore will begin airing and streaming on May 28.

In a release, Knowledge Network CEO Michelle van Beusekom said viewers can expect another up-close-and-personal perspective of real-life heroics.

“This kind of on-the-fly storytelling in life and death situations requires extraordinary skill and agility, and the access is based on a deep relationship of trust and respect for all involved. Grant and Jenny are two of B.C.’s most talented documentary storytellers and have done an exceptional job in crafting a series that brings viewers inside this unique and compelling world.”

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