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UPDATE; Missing hunters found safe and sound

Vernon Search and Rescue members conduct a training exercise with snowmobiles.
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November 18, 2013 - 10:19 AM

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

ARMSTRONG – Two experienced hunters missing in the Falkland area for over twenty-four hours have avoided another cold night in the bush.

“We’ve located our two missing hunters,” Sgt. Rob Daly with the RCMP detachment in Armstrong said. “They got their truck stuck in the mud.”

Daly said the Kamloops men stayed with their vehicle and were spotted by the RCMP helicopter.

He said they are both perfectly well and healthy. “They are a couple of old guys who’ve been bushwackers for years. They definitely had the right equipment with them.”

 

12:32 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

ARMSTRONG – A cold night for pair of Kamloops hunters missing in the Falkland area.

The two men, one in his early 60s and the other in his early 70s, went hunting Friday morning and didn’t return home in the afternoon. They were hunting in an area they said was familiar to them.

The Vernon RCMP called the volunteers with Kamloops Search and Rescue who began their search at 11:30 p.m. and looked for the missing men all night.

The searchers have covered most of the Monte Lake area the men said they were going to be hunting in. Now they suspect the pair may have gone into higher elevations where there was a lot of snow the day before.

“We kind of think they may have gotten snowed in or slide off the road somewhere and can’t move,” search manager Alan Hobler said.

Hobler said snowmobile teams from the Vernon and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue squads are helping with effort, the higher elevation areas where the ATVs can’t go.

As well, the RCMP helicopter joined the search effort Saturday along with volunteer search planes from Pep Air out of Kamloops and Kelowna.

Hobler said they did have a ping from one of the men’s phones, but they didn’t get a very good signal and it hasn’t been much use.

“We weren’t able to get a good, accurate location.”

Volunteers from Wells Gray Search and Rescue have also been called in, so there are now close to thirty people involved in the search.

“It’s a big, mountainous area,” according to Hobler.

The searchers will likely stand down at dusk and resume the hunt Sunday morning.

To contact the reporter for this story, email halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331.

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