July 22, 2014 - 11:50 AM
KAMLOOPS - Five members of Kamloops Search and Rescue were on their way to search for two missing ATV riders in the Campbell Creek Road area south of the city today but were quickly stood down when it was realized the riders simply decided to stay out for the night without telling anyone.
Search Manager Alan Hobler says they were told two people went out on a yellow side-by-side all-terrain vehicle yesterday evening and failed to show up for their 5:30 a.m. shifts at work today.
The five Kamloops members along with air support and search teams from Merritt and Logan Lake were on their way to the Campbell Creek Road area when the riders showed up.
Hobler notes they get these types of calls regularly and while they take a lot of time and resources to prepare for a call out they would rather get a call like this early on.
"It is much better to get called out for many of these than to get called out late for a serious one," he says.
The local volunteer search group has only had a handful of calls over the past month and were stood down almost immediately on all of them. Hobler says it has simply been too hot in our area for many people to be out exploring and getting in to trouble. Six members did help with a search for 69-year-old Sylvia Apps on Vancouver Island last week. The experienced hiker has not been found and the search has since been called off.
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— This story was updated at 12:09 p.m., July 22 to update the ATV riders as located.
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