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Canada Day search and rescue in Central Okanagan brings three hikers back home

COSAR workers brought three hikers home on Canada Day.

CENTRAL OKANAGAN - A Canada Day search and rescue mission in the Okanagan successfully brought three hikers and their dog back to civilization.

According to a press release, on June 30 three hikers planned to drive to Postill Lake at 11 a.m., but they became lost on a forestry road. Their dog ran into a bush and the hikers chased after her, ultimately losing track of their vehicle and becoming lost.

They were outside the cell service range and couldn't call for help, although they managed to hike to a hill with some cell service before their phone died.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue were asked to find the hikers at roughly 7:30 a.m. on July 1. They sent out ground and ATV teams along with air support from the RCMP. They tracked a ping from the cell phone and eventually found the hikers at 12:30 p.m. in a swampy terrain filled with deadfall.

The hikers had been lost for roughly 25 hours with no supplies. They received numerous mosquito bites, but they were otherwise fine.

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