Local searchers help find hiker

  • May. 3, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers from Campbell River Search and Rescue helped find a lost hiker and his dogs on a mountain near Port Alberni.

On Sunday, the man became stranded with his two dogs while hiking the mountains around Cameron Lake. According to Oceanside RCMP, the man had become disoriented, but did the right thing by staying put and building a fire.

Smoke from the fire was spotted, but with darkness setting in, the searchers from Campbell River, Comox Valley, Arrowsmith and Port Alberni decided to wait until first light to resume the rescue.

The next day, three searchers from Arrowsmith rappelled to the cliff where the hiker was stranded. He was safely evacuated and taken for medical treatment, and later released. But the weather had turned cold and wet, and the three searchers required assistance in getting safely off the cliff.