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Search ends happily for two backcountry skiers overdue in North Okanagan

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January 21, 2016 - 3:13 PM

VERNON - Two backcountry skiers are safe after being reported overdue in the north Okanagan.

Vernon Search and Rescue manager Leigh Pearson says the two are from the Lumby area, east of Vernon.

He says the skiers set out several days ago and searchers were contacted Wednesday, Jan. 20, when the family failed to receive beacon messages from them.

Pearson says a relative skied in to a cabin northeast of Mabel Lake where the two were believed to be camped, and found them late Wednesday.

Early Thursday, all three skied out to a location where they could get cellphone coverage and confirmed everyone is fine.

Concern was mounting because a helicopter and snowmobile search Wednesday had failed to locate the pair, only their tracks.

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