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.
— Isabelle Raghem (@IsabelleRaghem) February 19, 2019
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.
Mt Seymour update: Emergency services are en route to a remote area located between ‘Runners Peak’ & ‘Mount Elsay’. It has been learned that two overnight hikers in that area were possibly caught up in an avalanche. It’s unknown the condition or other details of the hikers.
— North Vancouver RCMP (@nvanrcmp) February 18, 2019
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.