Rescue crews help seven stranded hikers off B.C. mountain
Cypress Mountain near Vancouver, B.C. is seen in this file image.
Published Sunday, January 10, 2016 1:04PM EST
A group of seven hikers is safe after veering off a B.C. hiking trail and becoming lost near the province’s Cyprus Mountain.
North Shore rescue crews say they received a call from the hikers at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The hikers said they were lost near St. Mark’s Summit on the Howe Sound Crest Trail, and were able to use a cellphone to call for help.
The timing of the call made the rescue challenging, North Shore Rescue Search Manager Allan McMordie told CTV Vancouver.
“This was right when it got dark so there was no way for us to get a helicopter up in the air,” he said.
Instead, rescuers had to reach the stranded hikers by foot. They found the group at about 8:30 p.m. and walked them to safety.
Rescuers say they were initially concerned about one hiker, who has diabetes, but that everybody made it off the mountain in good health.
With files from CTV Vancouver