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Lost hikers safely found by Vernon Search and Rescue

Crew members made it through slushy July snow in the Monashee Mountains
Vernon Search and Rescue crew members hiked through slushy snow in the Monashee Mountains to rescue some lost hikers Friday, July 8, then called for a helicopter to help take everyone to safety. (Vernon Search and Rescue file photo)

Neither rain, sleet nor July snow shall stop Vernon Search and Rescue crews from their appointed task.

VSAR was called Friday night, July 8, to assist some hikers who had become lost in one of the hiking areas of the Monashee Mountains.

Team members hiked through the night and managed to locate the hikers shortly after first light. During the task the team experienced hiking through several kilometres of deep slushy snow. To avoid a return trip with another eight hours of hiking in challenging terrain, VSAR members and hikers flew out with Graham Helicopters.

“Our hikers did many things right,” said VSAR on social media. “While not expecting snow in July, in the Okanagan, they were reasonably prepared but in hindsight, would want to take more. Having the foresight to bring along an inReach for communication, helped with search efforts.”

Vernon SAR would like to take the opportunity to encourage people to check out for some handy education and resources for when adventuring in our back country.

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