It was a quick and easy rescue Thursday night in Golden Ears Provincial Park after a couple of teenage girls lost their way.
The Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment was called just before 9:30 p.m. and officers met up with the Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue team at the entrance to the University of British Columbia Research Forest at the north end of 232nd Street, where they set up a command post.
The RCMP helicopter Air One flew into the area and the crew located the young women, one 18 years old and one 19, shortly after. One is from Mission and the other from Fort Langley.
“The girls, who are not experienced hikers, obviously did their homework and took all hiking essentials. They had water, food, other clothing, and a cell phone,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Dale Somerville.
“They were able to contact search and rescue, and they aided Air One in locating where they were, thus facilitating the rescue. I’m happy to report both young ladies are in good health and are safely back home,” said Somerville.
Air One officer was able to direct search and rescue personnel to the hikers, and the volunteers then took the girls to their car.
“Though prepared, this file shows we should not depend on modern technology alone. Quite often cell phones are not able to get a signal, so it is very important that hikers notify a family member, or a friend regarding their plans, and when they’re supposed to return,” the sergeant cautioned.
When out hiking in unfamiliar areas, hikers should try to make note of their surroundings or where they are going, or be proficient at using traditional technology such as a compass, Somerville said.