COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — A group of hikers stranded on Coquitlam’s Eagle Mountain for over 20 hours has been located by search and rescue crews.
The group, including three women and two men in their 20s’, were found early Sunday morning in some frigid conditions and have made their way off the mountain with the help of rescue crews.
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Al Hurley with Coquitlam Search and Rescue says despite the frigid cold, the group had very thin clothing and only had two aluminum space blankets for warmth.
One of the members was wearing Lululemon pants.
“[They were] completely unprepared for the environment,” Hurley tells NEWS 1130.
He adds had it gotten any colder out there; the outcome with the group could have been a lot worse.
“They were already semi hypothermic just by being out in the rain,” he says.
“One of our guys on the phone talked them through how to dig a pit, put a shelter over it with sticks, to just try to get out of the elements.”
He says the trip down the mountain wasn’t easy, with steep, icy conditions.
“I think one person was a little freaked out by how exposed and slippery and just steep it was and [they were] going a lot slower. So we had a couple people with that person kind of moving and safe.”
Raymond Nordstrand, a Search Manager with Coquitlam Search and Rescue, says there was a delay in the rescue because of the risk of avalanches due to recent snowstorms.
“Snow this loaded and with all the avalanche (sic) being at a high level at all the different levels within British Columbia area, there is always a concern about that as well,” Nordstrand says.
Hurley has confirmed there have not been any injuries, he’s also praising the hard work of rescue crews.