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UPDATE: Kamloops Search and Rescue uses helicopter to rescue man from mountainside

July 26, 2016 - 4:15 PM

KAMLOOPS - A man has been rescued by Kamloops Search and Rescue from a mountainside in the Mehatl Creek Provincial Park area.

Lytton RCMP say in a release there was an emergency activation of a personal GPS locator device this morning, July 26, approximately 20 kilometres southwest of Lytton.

Search manager Alan Hobler said this morning that there were three young men who were stuck in the terrain, and it was an area only experience hikers could get it.

“All we know is they pushed a button,” Hobler said. “They’d understand what pushing the device button means.”

But Lytton RCMP only mentioned one man having to be rescued.

"The device belonged to a 31-year-old man who had been out in the area hiking since July 21," Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in the media release.

RCMP was in contact with the man’s family who said that he was well equipped, experienced and familiar with the area. He was expected to have completed his trek by the end of the week.

Hobler said earlier this morning that he was concerned about the rugged terrain of the area and it would take a search crew four or five days to hike to the GPS location.

A search and rescue team flew into the area via helicopter and located the man in good general health aside from "a serious medical situation that necessitated he seek assistance," Moskaluk said.

The man was flown to hospital for a proper medical assessment.

— This story was updated at 4:08 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to include new information from Lytton RCMP.

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