Searchers kept busy with overdue campers and lost hikers

Search and Rescue was kept busy last Wednesday looking for missing people

Search and Rescue was kept busy last Wednesday.

Around midnight, RCMP requested assistance to locate two people overdue from a camping trip.

The father and his 10-year-old son were planning on camping at Gooseneck Lake and returning Tuesday.

Volunteer members spent the night searching campsites and logging roads, and finally found their vehicle at daybreak by Beavertail Lake. The campers were safe and had apparently left a message explaining the extended stay and revised location but the message was never received.

Later that afternoon, RCMP requested assistance to respond to a personal locator beacon activated from the Burman lake area adjacent to the Golden Hinde mountain in Strathcona Park.

This area is very remote and is a two- to three-day hike to any trailhead. Although the locator beacon provides an accurate GPS position of the subjects it does not provide any clue as to the nature of the emergency.

In this instance two female hikers were attempting the Strathcona traverse from the Elk River trailhead to the Nyrstar Myra Falls mine site. This route is a challenging multi-day hike that includes some very rugged terrain and requires some route finding.

The hikers lost the route in the Burman Lake area and had spent a day trying to find it.

They were quickly located by a search team with the assistance of expert flying by Reto Glass of Westcoast helicopters. The couple were evacuated and transported to their vehicle at the trailhead.

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