4 stranded hikers rescued from Vancouver Island mountain

4 stranded hikers rescued from Vancouver Island mountain
Alberni Valley Rescue Squad
The rescue took place at 5040 Peak, between Sproat and Kennedy lakes.

The Alberni Valley Rescue Squad (AVRS) says four hikers were rescued after getting stranded on a mountain west of Sproat Lake.

The four hikers became trapped on a cliff on 5040 Peak, according to the AVRS.

Alberni searchers say the hikers were “unfamiliar with the area,” but were able to call for help by using an Apple SOS feature.

The AVRS dispatched a ground team as well as helicopter hoist team to reach the hikers, and eventually all four were picked up with the hoist.

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“This is a good reminder to familiarize yourself with the area and always carry your essentials,” said the rescue group in a social media post Wednesday.

The AVRS added that while the Apple SOS call worked this time, hikers are encouraged to take a satellite communicator, since many areas of the island do not have cell service.

CHEK News has reached out to the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad for further details.

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