A hiker who got separated from his group Saturday between Circlet Lake and Mount Albert Edward was successfully found by Comox Valley search crews.
Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue says they responded around 6:30 p.m. after heavy fog set in.
“This particular group of three were not prepared for the conditions,” said Paul Berry, a search manager with Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue. “When in the alpine if you are not prepared with navigation equipment like map, compass, GPS… you are putting yourself in real jeopardy.”
Teams were sent after attempts from both sides to reconnect were unsuccessful. They were first able to locate his tent and belongings, as well as other members from his party, reducing the search to one person.
After two hours, crews were eventually able to get a location from the hiker’s cell phone that was on low battery, and had locations services disabled — resulting in a long time for his phone to determine his correct area.
Searchers hiked up to his location on the approach to Mt. Frink where they were able to set up shelter and warm them.
The team and hiker were evacuated by the BC RCMP Air 8 helicopter Sunday morning.
The organization says it serves as a good reminder to always ensure you have the essentials with you, even if you are only planning to leave your camp/parking lot for a short hike.
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