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Hiker rescued off Mount Seymour but friend still missing after avalanche

Last Updated Feb 18, 2019 at 7:04 pm PDT

Location of an avalanche that came down on Feb. 18, 2019. (Courtesy North Shore Rescue)
Summary

North Shore Rescue says at least one person remains missing after getting caught up in avalanche

One rescued hiker is not seriously hurt; unclear what condition the missing hiker is in

Crews will be looking at weather forecasts to decide if the search can continue Tuesday

NORTH SHORE (NEWS 1130) – One hiker has been rescued off Mount Seymour after getting swept up in an avalanche Monday morning, but the search for a missing second hiker was called off Monday night.

The man who was rescued had been clinging to a tree throughout the day waiting for help, who had difficulty reaching him because of clouds and fog. He doesn’t have serious injuries.

North Shore Search and Rescue and North Vancouver RCMP were called to the remote area between Runner Peak and Mount Elsay shortly before 11 a.m.

Allan McMordie of North Shore Search and Rescue says the rescued hiker had activated an emergency beacon and called for help on his cellphone.

“The informant says he has not seen his buddy, so we don’t know of the second of the pair, what his condition is, or whether he’s buried or not,” he says.

North Shore Search and Rescue crews will be looking at weather forecasts for Tuesday to help them decide if they will be able to continue the search.

North Vancouver RCMP say the men were on an overnight hike.

Espe Currie, Sonia Aslam, Monika Gul, Jonathan Szekeres, and Peter Wagner contributed to this report.