A group of hunters is lucky to be alive after getting high-centred on a forestry road Tuesday.
Ephraim Nowak with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue tells Castanet they got the call at 10 p.m. Tuesday after the group was overdue returning from a hunting trip in the Big White area.
“A friend of the hunters had a fairly good idea of the location, and then 13 search and rescue volunteers convoyed up to 201 Forest Service Rd. at 11 p.m.”
Civil Air Search And Rescue (CASARA) were also put on standby to provide air support.
Nowak says the search went as well as could be expected, and the four missing hunters, two adults and two children, are all home safe and sound.
Nowak says the roads in the area were covered in snow and slippery. The hunters appeared to have broken through a small creek washout and their truck became high-centred.
“The subjects did everything right. We had a good idea of the area they were in, they stayed with the vehicle, lit a fire and kept themselves warm,” says Nowak, adding that the area had no cell service.
Nowak says the search began at 10 p.m. and by 2:30 a.m. the four were back at the containment area and on the way home. “They were very happy to see us,” said one of the searchers who found the family.
COSAR reminds outdoor enthusiasts to file a detailed plan before heading off into the wilderness.
This is the time of year that COSAR’s call volume starts to go up because people aren’t prepared for conditions. This group, fortunately, had all the appropriate survival gear, including warm clothes, food and water, and the ability to light a fire.