Thursday, March 10, 2016

Lost Mount Benson Hikers Resuced


Nanaimo Search and Rescue find lost hikers

Braving torrential rain and wind, Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) did what they do best, finding two hikers lost on Mount Benson.

On Wednesday March 9, at approximately 4:30 pm NSAR were alerted their services would be required after two female hikers, ages 16 and 25, called 911 reporting they had lost their way making it back from a day hike up Mount Benson. The two were able to provide their location via GPS on their phone but were not dressed for the weather and had no means to start a fire. The hikers were told to stay put and just an hour later upwards of 15 trained NSAR members staged at Benson View Rd, off of Kilpatrick Rd, and set off for the two.

Around 7:30 pm, NSAR had located two very tired, extremely wet but grateful hikers and safely escorted them off the mountain and back to their vehicle.

"This is just another classic example of the dedication and commitment NSAR provides on any given day, regardless of the circumstances. The conditions could not have been worse but without hesitation, these volunteers set off to do what they are trained to do and successfully carried out their duties" said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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