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Four snowmobilers helped from the backcountry by Vernon Search and Rescue

Hunters Range is located about seven kilometres from Enderby.
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April 03, 2017 - 9:40 AM

ENDERBY - Vernon Search and Rescue went out to locate two missing snowmobilers over the weekend, and ended up finding four.

Crews were called out Saturday night, April 1,  just after 10:30 p.m. for a report of two missing snowmobilers, Vernon SAR spokesperson Leigh Pearson says. Their girlfriends reported them missing after the pair failed to return as scheduled from Hunters Range, near Enderby.

A search team headed out on snowmobiles and eventually found the two missing men, plus two more who had gotten their machines stuck and crossed paths with the first pair.

All four were on foot and trying to walk out. None were badly hurt, although one had some bumps and bruises from when his snowmobile fell on him, Pearson says.

Crews made it back to the parking lot with the group of four by about 3 a.m.

Pearson says the snowmobilers got into trouble when they took their machines into steep terrain and became stuck.

“They went down into a gully they couldn’t get out of,” Pearson says. “It’s very common.”

Vernon Search and Rescue was called numerous times this winter to come to the aid of missing and stranded snowmobilers.

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