A woman from Happy Valley-Goose Bay is in search of the good Samaritan who stopped to help her when she became stranded along the Trans-Labrador Highway.
Shylowe Chaulk lives in Bay Roberts. She’d been visiting family in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador City and was heading home with her two young sons when she got a flat tire at about 10 p.m. on Aug. 18.
“One person stopped and offered me a ride but he had a bad back (and couldn’t change the tire). I couldn’t go with him, where I had my two kids and a dog,” Chaulk said, when contacted by phone about her ordeal.
With no cell phone service in the area, Chaulk gave the man her father’s contact information and asked the gent to contact her dad once he was in cell phone range. Her father, Don Chaulk, lives in Goose Bay, she said, about 140 kilometres from where she was stranded.
“My dad got there around 1:30 in the morning (Aug. 19),” she said.
It was “unsettling,” she said when, during the hours she was waiting for her father, several vehicles passed. Although she had her emergency indicators on, no one stopped.
What was going through her mind as she waited in the dark with her boys, both under eight years old?
“I just kept reassuring (seven-year-old Marshall) that Poppy was on the way. They were worried about wild animals coming, but I kept telling them that we were in the truck and nothing could get us in there...We had a movie night while waiting for my dad to get there. So that kept my oldest occupied while my youngest (four-year-old Damien) slept,” she said.
Chaulk had stopped in L’Anse au Clair to pick up a satellite phone for the trip. However, she said, none were available.
When her father got there, she said, he had trouble getting the tire off her vehicle.
“There was a grader parked about 15 or 20 kilometers back towards Goose Bay, so my dad left to drive to the grader to see if there was anything on it or around it that might help him get the tire off.”
While her father was gone, she said, a stranger stopped to help. Chaulk estimates that was about 2:30 a.m.
“Another person actually stopped, just before we got the tire off, but I know who he was,” Chaulk recalled.
By the end of her ordeal, there were five men working to get the tire off her vehicle, Chaulk said, but it’s the stranger she’d like to meet.
Chaulk has taken to social media to find the man who, she said, had been visiting his daughter in Goose Bay and was travelling back to the ferry to return home to Georgetown, Conception Bay.
Ironically, Georgetown is less than half-an-hour’s drive from Chaulk’s home in Bay Roberts.
Because of the darkness of the night, she can’t be certain, but believes the man was driving a burgundy-coloured hatchback. She also thinks he may have been in the military at some point as he mentioned taking a course in Shilo, Manitoba when he heard that her name was Shylowe.
There was a woman travelling in the vehicle as well, she said, and a man who she believes is from Port aux Basques.
“I am so thankful to the man who stopped to help me. I’d really like to find him to thank him personally,” she said.
Anyone with information about the man can contact Chaulk at Shylowe_chaulk@hotmail.com.