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Snowmobilers rescued after doing everything right to aid in the search

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue rescued two snowmobilers above Myra Canyon, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.
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KELOWNA - Two snowmobilers were led to safety above Myra Canyon by search and rescue crews late last night.

Family members called the RCMP to report them overdue at 7 p.m. yesterday, Jan. 3, so Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was called out to initiate a search at the Myra Canyon trailhead. They were soon notified of the snowmobilers’ location after being sent GPS coordinates.

"It was a textbook operation," search manager Kevin Birnie said in a press release. "The snowmobilers had filed a trip plan and police were notified as soon as they were overdue. When they relayed their GPS coordinates to us, they didn’t move from their location. And they had enough food, water and warm clothing to make the wait comfortable."

Heavy fog and variable snow conditions made travel treacherous.

With help from two snowmobilers from the Kelowna Snowmobile Club, two teams were sent to find the sledders and lead them back to safety.

Contact was made around 11 p.m. and by 12:30 a.m. everyone was back safety at the Myra parking lot after a short detour to the Doghouse cabin to warm up, the news release stated.

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