Police renew call for preparedness when hiking after weekend rescue

West Shore

2021-03-30 10:25 PDT

File # 2021-5428

West Shore RCMP frontline officers undertook a 12 km hike over rough mountainous terrain to rescue two lost hikers at a popular hiking mountain.

Police were notified at approximately 8:40 p.m on March 27, 2021 that a 17 year-old male and an 18 year-old female had gotten lost while hiking in the Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park in Metchosin. The pair reported that they had no water, food or any survival supplies. Furthermore, their cellphone battery was at only 4% battery life.

GPS coordinates were obtained and police, accompanied by Police Service Dog Erik hiked up the trails and eventually were able to make voice contact with the lost hikers. The hikers were located three hours later, thirsty but unharmed, said Cst. Alex Bérubé, Media Relations Officer with the West Shore RCMP.

West Shore RCMP would like to remind hikers to be prepared when going hiking. This includes, but is not limited to, bringing water and food and dressing appropriately. For more, please read the following tips: Hiking Safety Tips

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Cst. Alex Bérubé

Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
www.westshore.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
Office: 250-474-2264
Fax: 250-474-8970

Email: westshore_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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