It was a quick and easy rescue Thursday night in Golden Ears Provincial Park after a couple of teenaged girls lost their way.
Police were called just before 9:30 p.m. Officers met up with the search and rescue team at the entrance to the U.B.C. Research Forest at the north end of 232nd Street, where they set up a command post.
Air One flew into the area and the pilot located the 18- and 19-year-old girls shortly after. One is from Mission and the other from Fort Langley.
"The girls, who are not experienced hikers, obviously did their homework and took all hiking essentials. They had water, food, other clothing, and a cellphone," said Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Dale Somerville.
"They were able to contact search and rescue, and they aided Air One in locating where they were, thus facilitating the rescue. I'm happy to report both young ladies are in good health and are safely back home," explained Somerville.
Air One was able to direct search and rescue personnel to the hikers, and the volunteers then took the girls to their car.
"Though prepared, this file shows we should not depend on modern technology alone. Quite often cellphones are not able to get a signal, so it is very important that hikers notify a family member, or a friend regarding their plans, and when they're supposed to return," the sergeant warned.
When out hiking in unfamiliar areas, hikers should try to recognize, as best as possible, their surroundings or where they are going, or be proficient at using old technology, such as a compass, Somerville explained.