VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Two men are unhurt after being rescued from the west side of Mount Seymour Wednesday afternoon.
Tim Jones with North Shore Rescue says the skier and snowboarder got trapped in Suicide gully, and had to phone out for help.
“Then they dropped elevation somewhat, and they lost cell contact. It took a while to actually spot them; [searchers] actually had to spot their tracks, and then track down to where they were. They were about 600 feet from where they originally called,” says Jones.
He suggests the pair lost touch with searchers as the men tried to reach a place where they could be spotted.
“That was their objective, was to get in to the open because they were actually in the tree canopy at that time, but the area that they were in is a very steep, and cliffed area so they weren’t coming out, and they were very happy that we rescued them.”
Jones says it was snowing when searchers first reached the area, but the weather cleared enough to do a long line rescue by helicopter, and fly the men to safety. The men stuck in the gully for about three hours before they made their call for help.