It’s been a busy year for North Shore Rescue.
Last week, the team reported a record breaking 115 calls.
It doesn’t seem to be slowing down as they were out again last night.
Two Japanese hikers stranded on Grouse Mountain and another two in their mid 20’s from Richmond in Lynn Headwaters.
Rescue Manager Jeff Yarnold says the two on Grouse Mountain were near Grouse Creek, a very steep and technical area.
“These guys for some reason, they decided they wanted to hike down the mountain. They got sucked into drainage and they stumbled down for about three hours until it finally got dark and called 9-1-1. We got their cell phone coordinates from a ping and responded to the area”.
They were located around 10pm.
Yarnold says they weren’t prepared.
“Not super prepared for the area. They have no business coming down Gondola West Trail. Typical guys going out with cell phones, just using cell phones for flashlights”.
Meanwhile, the Lynn Headwaters rescue started out as a trio but one hiked ahead.
Doug Pope led that rescue.
“One of the hikers went ahead, they were worried about their car getting locked behind parking lot gates. The two that were left behind got very slow.”
The hiker that went ahead called police around 10pm.
“We sent a team up Lynn Headwaters trail. We found them very quickly. They were almost out”.
All four hikers walked away with no injuries.