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Two Scout leaders who went missing in woods on Vancouver Island found alive

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm PDT

About 15-20 rescue volunteers were sent in to help after two of the three Scout leaders with the group disappeared Sunday in the hills west of Sooke. (Sooke Search and Rescue photo)
Summary

Two Scout leaders disappeared Sunday in the hills west of Sooke

Five kids and a third Scout leader being escorted out by Search and Rescue crews

It's not clear how the two leaders went missing

VANCOUVER ISLAND (NEWS 1130) – The two other Scout leaders who went missing Sunday during a hike in the woods on Vancouver Island have been found alive, confirmed Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue.

Rescue volunteers have only been able to say they’re safe, but it’s not known if they have any injuries.

They were part of a group with another adult leader and five kids in the hills west of Sooke.

The kids and a third leader were escorted out earlier Monday.

About 15 to 20 rescue volunteers were sent in to help after the two Scout leaders disappeared during the trip.

It’s not clear where or how the two were separated from the group.

“Our first priority is to look at getting those kids out with their leader,” said Kathryn Farr, with Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue, adding they did not think the kids could make it back with only one leader.

It’ll be a long journey out, she said.

Rescuers will look at river levels to figure out which way to get them out of the remote area.

Once the group is safely out of the woods, Farr said rescuers will go back in to look for the two missing leaders.

Land crews received a call for two overdue hikers in the Sooke hills area near Jordan River shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The call came from a firefighter who was part of the hiking group that was expecting the missing people.

Vickie Webber, search manager for Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue, said search crews were able to locate a wilderness campsite on Sunday that contained the five children and one leader near a
creek that had swelled to dangerous levels in heavy rainfall.

Webber added that the rescue teams decided to stay with the group at the campsite overnight to allow for the water levels to recede.

– with files from The Canadian Press.