Coquitlam Search and Rescue crews were busy today with a pair of back-to-back stranded hiker rescues.
21-year-old Alec Winter was located on the east side of the Eagle Ridge early this morning, after being stranded for three days. Coquitlam SAR manager Michael Coyle says Winter came prepared, and that’s how he was able to survive for so long by himself.
“Clearly he took enough gear that he could handle three days in the bush on that ledge.”
The second hiker was rescued only hours later. Coyle says she had been hiking Goat Trail, a path similar to the Grouse Grind, when she hurt her ankle.
“An incident like a sprained ankle can happen to anyone, what’s important is you tell someone where you’re going, you take the essential gear you’re supposed to take with every hike, and those two things alone help us to find the person.”
Coyle says both incidents could have had disasterous results had the proper precautions not been taken.
“These two incidents, I think, show good examples of people being prepared. In the first case he survived three nights and in the second case she managed to call for help and we got in there to rescue her.”
Coyle says his team was prepared for an upswing of hikers over the long weekend, and that both hikers are safe and in good condition.