April 29, 2016 - 4:41 PM
KAMLOOPS – A pair of hikers took on more trail then they could handle and became stranded above Peterson Creek in Kamloops this afternoon.
Platoon captain Jeff Bell with Kamloops Fire Rescue says they got the call at about 2:26 p.m. today, April 29.
"It turns out they were just unfamiliar with the area," he says. "They got into a place they couldn’t go any higher or back."
Bell says the hikers may be from out of town because the cell phone they called 911 from has a Washington D.C. number. Rescue crews were able to identify where they were quickly thanks to the cell phone's coordinates, he says.
Firefighters have dropped a rope to the hikers stranded on a steep slope and will lower them to a part of the trail they can hike out from on their own. Bell says this is easier and safer than pulling them up, though the crews 300 ft. rope wasn't long enough and a second had to be attached.
The hikers are uninjured, he says.
The pair were hiking just south of the Peterson Creek Bridge, Bell says, coming from Whiteshield Crescent. It's a common area for hikers to require assistance, he says, because the paths in the area can be steep and change quickly.
"A lot of these trails, they start out good and people take a fork and don’t know where it goes," he says. "Then they get to a point where can’t really go up and they’re too scared to go back down."
(BRENDAN KERGIN /InfoTel Multimedia)
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