Stranded snowmobilers require rescue near Chase

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CHASE - A father and son spent the night in a ravine near Chase on the weekend after they became stranded while snowmobiling.

The pair, a 51-year-old father and his 21-year-old son from Abbotsford, were stranded while snowmobiling on Crowfoot Mountain on Sunday, Feb. 12, after making their way into a ravine they couldn’t get out of, according to an RCMP media release.

Chase RCMP were first alerted to their plight around 7 p.m. Sunday night by the Crowfoot Snowmobile Club, after the two called the club to say they needed assistance. While they initially said they were prepared to spend the night, they asked again for help at 11 p.m., saying they preferred to get out.

Police say club volunteers attempted to reach the two and got within 500 metres Sunday night, but weren’t able to make contact.

The two men spent the night in the ravine and Monday morning the snowmobile club, Chase RCMP and Shuswap Search and Rescue were called to help get the men out, RCMP say. The club members reached them first and rescued the father and son.

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