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Two adults, eight children, and a cat rescued by Vernon Search and Rescue

This large group of people, along with their cat, was rescued by Vernon Search and Rescue Oct. 10, 2017 after getting lost on a hike.
Image Credit: Vernon Search and Rescue Group Society
October 12, 2017 - 4:23 PM

VERNON - A family visiting from Europe, along with some local youth and a cat, got a little turned around and needed to be rescued earlier this week on Silver Star Mountain.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Vernon Search and Rescue was asked by the RCMP to locate and rescue a group of individuals hiking on the west slope of Silver Star mountain, the youngest being a child of just five years old, the organization said in a Facebook post.

Two adults, eight children and a pet cat had begun hiking up the mountain from the Armstrong side around 2 p.m., heading in the direction of Procter Lake. They became disoriented hours later as daylight began to fade, Search and Rescue says.

Considering the age of the subjects, the changing conditions and the terrain, the search was given a high urgency. The weather was deteriorating and the temperature dropping as search teams were deployed, Search and Rescue says. Using ATV’s, teams searched for and located the cold, lost subjects west of Proctor Lake. The group was led safely off the mountain.

“The hikers were thankful to be warm and dry once again (the cat seemed happy too), and admitted that they were caught unprepared,” Search and Rescue says in the post.

The organization encourages people enjoying the outdoors to familiarize themselves with the resources available here. In particular, people are encouraged to: 

  • Check the weather before you leave and be prepared for it to change.
  • Carry extra food and clothing – a good rule of thumb for day-trippers is to be able to stay out overnight, in case of trouble.

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