September 02, 2015 - 8:18 AM
PENTICTON - Four missing men are safe due to the combined rescue efforts of the RCMP, B.C. Parks and three search and rescue organizations.
Princeton ground search and rescue teams were activated by Princeton RCMP yesterday, September 1, after police received a distress call from four men stranded in the wilderness area straddling the Canada - U.S. border south of Manning Park Lodge.
Princeton search and rescue officials decided reaching the four through a ground effort could not be achieved in a timely manner and requested the assistance of Penticton’s Helicopter External Transport System team.
Penticton was en route to the area before noon yesterday, eventually locating three of the four missing men near the border. The fourth member of the party had wandered off, to be found later by Princeton Search and Rescue.
Penticton’s helicopter team long-lined the men to Princeton search and rescue members who took the men back to Manning Park lodge where they were provided with medical attention by an ambulance crew at approximately 3 p.m.
A total of 22 rescue personnel from the RCMP air services, B.C. Parks and search and rescue teams from Hope, Princeton and Penticton took part in the rescue.
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