Saturday, November 22, 2014

RCMP, Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue and Prince Rupert Search and Rescue combine forces for Mount Hays Rescue

Details of a Rescue on Mount Hays of last Saturday/Sunday have been released by the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP, recounting the work of rescue personnel on November 15th to locate two hikers who had called the RCMP at 4:48 in the early evening to report that they were lost.

GPS coordinates used by the RCMP located the pair to be on the cut for the old ski hill and under the old lines for the Gondola.  The road in that area is heavily washed out and not passable, so the Provincial Emergency Program was put into use for the rescue effort.

From that point an extensive search of Mount Hays was conducted by the combined group of searchers from the RCMP, Prince Rupert Fire Rescue and Prince Rupert Search and Rescue.

Making use of ATV's and a ground search from the combined group, the two hikers were located at 1:22 on Sunday morning, marking the end of the near eight and half hour rescue effort.

As part of the successful rescue, the RCMP also made use of the Operational Communications Operators who remained in constant contact with the stranded hikers. Making sure the those searching had the latest information and status updates on the condition of the two, until searchers located them.

You can review more on the events of last weekend from the RCMP's Prince Rupert website

For more on the work of emergency services in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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