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Helicopter needed to rescue hikers near Peachland

A helicopter rescue performed by COSAR.

The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team was dispatched last night after two Alberta hikers became lost near Peachland.

The group put a ceremony aside to unveil a new Westside gear cache location last night, Sept. 24, as two hikers became lost in the McCall Lake area and called for help, according to COSAR's press release.

The Alberta couple successfully made the 300-metre climb to the lake but became disoriented on the braided trails and, after circling the lake twice, they decided to sit, wait, and call for help, according to the rescue group.

With sunset about a half hour away, RCMP and COSAR decided to use a helicopter to extract the pair.

“It was textbook,” said search manager Duane Tresnich, in the press release.

“The couple did everything right by sitting and waiting for help. Wandering around in the dark could have led to trouble, as there are trails and cliffs everywhere," he said.

With the new cache on the Westside, crews assisting from that location arrived more than half hour earlier than those assisting from the rescue group's main location by the Kelowna airport.

The rescue group previously said it has outgrown its current building and were the target of thieves earlier this month.

"I think this speaks to the success of the new location," Tresnich said.

This was Central Okanagan Search and Rescue's 82nd task this year. The group is on track to break the record of 84 tasks, set in 2020.

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