Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lost Hikers Found After Short Search

Early call for help aided in rescue

Two family members were returning from a hike in Ammonite Falls Regional Park on the afternoon of April 12, 2017 when they became lost.  Around 8:00 p.m. and after wandering for about 2 hours they placed a call to Nanaimo RCMP seeking assistance.  Nanaimo RCMP then contacted Nanaimo Search and Rescue for support in locating the pair. 

Search and rescue mustered at the parking lot for Ammonite Falls and set off in search of the hikers.  A signal from the cell phone was used to narrow the search area.  The weather continued to deteriorate and hard rain was reported by responding crews.  Search and rescue members located the pair around 11:00 p.m. uninjured. 

“The hikers called RCMP early on in their ordeal which significantly aided in locating them.  They were found in good spirits but cold”, said Ken Duncan the Search Manager for Nanaimo Search and Rescue. 

Nanaimo RCMP would like to remind outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared.  Wear appropriate clothing, anticipate poor weather and carry extra water and food.  A detailed written trip plan left with a friend provides crucial information to rescue crews should you become injured or lost.


Further information about filing trip plans can be found at Nanaimo Search and Rescue.   

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