Western News Staff
Penticton Search and Rescue (PENSAR) assisted in the evacuation of four stranded hikers from a rugged section of Manning Park Sept. 1.
The Princeton Search and Rescue ground team received the initial call from Princeton RCMP who were contacted about the four who were in distress near the Canada U.S. border.
It was determined ground crews were unable to remove the hikers in a timely manner and the decision was made to use the helicopter external transfer service team (HETS) from PENSAR.
Mobilized at 11:30 a.m. and with the support of the RCMP Air Services section (helicopter) three of the people were located and air lifted to safety.
The fourth hiker had wandered away but was located shortly afterwards by Princeton SAR.
All were taken to the Manning Park Lodge and turned over to the BC Ambulance Service by about 3 p.m.
Including BC Parks, RCMP, PENSAR, Princeton and Hope SAR teams a total of 22 personnel were involved in the rescue.
There was no word on injuries or the condition of the four people involved.