Hikers get a lucky break from helicopter

Search-and-rescue volunteers were able to quickly locate the women and return them unharmed to the trailhead

A Victoria Day outing by two sisters on the Ripple Rock Trail turned into a search-and-rescue effort after the sisters left the trail and found themselves lost on the shoreline.

Thanks to the assistance of an RCMP helicopter that happened to be working in the area, local search-and-rescue volunteers were able to quickly locate the women and return them unharmed to the trailhead.

“They very wisely called for help on their cell phone sooner rather than later, so rescuers were able to mobilize while there was still plenty of daylight,” SAR spokesperson Tim Fairbank said in a written release.

Fairbank said personnel in the RCMP helicopter quickly spotted the sisters, “which cut hours off the job of finding the women.”

Campbell River Search and Rescue reminds the public to always take along supplies for unexpected situations when in the outdoors, and also to let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return.