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NSR matches rescue record, set to break new one by year's end

Last Updated Dec 8, 2018 at 8:47 pm PDT

File photo: Search and Rescue helicopter. (Mike Lloyd, NEWS 1130 Photo)

North Shore Rescue has matched its record for the most rescues made in a year: 139

The tie comes after two hikers were rescued on two different North Shore mountains on Saturday

NORTH SHORE (NEWS 1130) – North Shore Rescue has matched its annual record for the number of rescue calls, meaning they will likely break their rescue record by the end of the year.

Two rescues on two separate mountains – which resulted in two hikers both breaking their legs – brought the number of rescues to a total of 139 on Saturday.

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NSR has been seeing a spike in calls, and the number they receive seems to go up every year; they used to get between 90 and 100, but now its closer to 140.

Team Leader Mike Danks said the conditions at this time of year mean temperature in the mountains can fluctuate, and with weather patterns changing quickly, it can make for trouble on the trails. And as many people do choose to hike alone, even in this weather, but doing so can be risky.

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He says he hopes the latest rescues remind people to take precautions.

“It serves as a reminder for everyone to always let someone know where you’re going, what time you’re expected back, when they should call for help, and to try to with another partner as well,” he says.

– With files from Sonia Aslam