Rescue crews reach Okanagan snowmobilers who were stuck overnight

The RCMP Helicopter Air 3 located the two men who were stuck in the Myra Canyon area overnight Sunday.

Two Kelowna men whose Okanagan snowmobiling adventure went awry Sunday, appear to be in good shape despite being stuck outdoors for nearly 18 hours.

“Search and Rescue are with them now,” said Const. Kris Clark, noting the duo were located by RCMP Helicopter Air 3 early Monday morning. Difficult conditions inhibited the helicopter from landing, but co-ordinates were gathered and sent to ground rescue crews who made contact hours later.

“Both are in good condition and will be brought out of the mountains in short order,” said Clark.

The two men embarked on the potentially ill-fated snowmobiling adventure in the area between Little White and Myra Canyon sometime around 5 p.m., Sunday, and it was just a few hours later when they managed to get stuck in the snow.

Using text messages, the pair told family of their predicament, and the Mounties were contacted as well.

In time the mobile went dead, but not before rescue crews were given a good idea where the men may be and how they were faring.

“From all indications, it seems they are used to snowmobiling and prepared if something went wrong,” said Clark, adding that they may have had a small supply of food and the equipment required to stay warm.

Although he didn’t have a tally Clark pointed out it’s not the first time rescue crews have been deployed to deal with lost snowmobiliers, noting most who venture out in these conditions are well aware of the terrain.