A pair of hikers were rescued near Duncan early Sunday morning after they became stranded on steep terrain.
The two males began their hike on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Maple Mountain and didn’t make it off until over 13 hours later when they were hoisted into a helicopter. The helicopter left 19 Wing Comox air base at 1 a.m. Sunday morning after a local ground search and rescue crew were unable to find the hikers.
The air force was able to contact the hikers by cell phone to find their location, aircraft commander Captain Jean Leroux said in a press statement. They were located shortly after 4 a.m.
“He was able to spot our lights and he used them to guide us to where they were,” Leroux added.
The helicopter crew transported the hikers, who were in stable condition, to a nearby sports field, where an ambulance was waiting.
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