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North Shore Rescue team responds to hiker in medical distress near Cypress

Last Updated Sep 2, 2019 at 9:17 am PDT

FILE - Search and Rescue helicopter. (Mike Lloyd, NEWS 1130 Photo)

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Labour Day long weekend has been eventful for North Shore Rescue (NSR) crews so far with a pair of calls late Sunday.

At around 9 p.m., NSR was informed about two hikers stuck near Howe Sound Crest Trail, one of whom was said to be in medical distress.

“The hikers were from Mexico, they were calling on a Mexican cell phone, so we did not have a lot of information other than that one of them was having severe abdominal pain, and they were not able to walk,” explains Team Leader Mike Danks.

“It took quite a bit of time to get in contact with them.”

Eventually, a team of five rescuers — including a doctor — was able to meet the hikers and give them fluids. It took until about 2:30 a.m. the next morning, but the men were able to walk to safety.

Earlier Sunday, a team of three was sent to Mt. Seymour where a man with two small dogs became lost off-trail near Percy Lake.

The man had GPS coordinates on his phone, so Danks says it was easy to get him back to his vehicle.