Youth shot in hunting accident

By Mac Christie

A Meadow Lake youth was hunting with three other 15-year-olds north of Meadow Lake on Nov. 9 when he was accidentally shot.

Jordon Gorst, 15, was taken to hospital in Meadow Lake, before being airlifted to Saskatoon where he was placed in intensive care, but was in stable condition.

Chester Gorst, Jordon’s grandfather, said the boys were hunting deer when Jordon was shot with a .22 rifle.

He explained the bullet hit Jordon’s liver and collapsed his lung, but missed all major arteries.

While Jordon will have to miss the basketball season, Chester said it could have been a lot worse.

“He’s doing really well,” he said. “He’s very fortunate.”

Chester noted several of Jordon’s classmates went to see him in Saskatoon, which raised his spirits. He added Jordon could return to Meadow Lake, either home or to hospital, later this week.

RCMP Sgt. Phil DeGruchy said the investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been laid.

He noted it’s a joint investigation with the Ministry of Environment, with the RCMP handling the criminal aspect and Saskatchewan Environment dealing with the hunting portion.

The Ministry of Environment’s rules say that while hunting, youth between the ages of 12 and 15 must be under the direct supervision of an adult at least 18 years of age, said ministry spokersperson Rich Hildebrand.

“They’re supposed to be directly supervised by an adult,” said Hildebrand. “It’s to ensure that kids are handling their firearms safely.”

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