A young couple from Abbotsford is safe and sound after getting lost during a hike on Sumas Mountain on Wednesday night.
A 21-year-old woman and her boyfriend, 22, went for a hike on the Abbotsford peak around noon but phoned police around 5:30 p.m. to report they were lost, said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald.
"They said they had no gear or extra provisions and were cold and wet and didn't know where they were," said MacDonald.
The couple had only taken their cell phones and a flashlight with them.
The situation was complicated by the intermittent cell phone reception on the mountain and a dying battery, said MacDonald.
The Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue team was deployed along with a number of APD officers, a police K-9 unit and the RCMP Air One helicopter.
Noise from patrol car sirens and the helicopter were used so the couple could tell searchers when the sound got closer to their location.
The couple was located around 7 p.m. in the 5400 block of Sumas Mountain Road and transported to hospital for a precautionary examination, said MacDonald.
They were mostly wet and cold and released soon after.