Loading articles...

Nine missing snowmobilers found safe near Whistler, British Columbia: RCMP

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 2, 2020 at 8:17 pm PDT

FILE - Seven to eight snowmobilers were forced to spend the night outside in the backcoutnry near Brandywine Mountain on Sunday, March 1. (iStock Photo)
Summary

Nine snowmobilers who spent the night stuck in the back-country south of Whistler, have now been found

RCMP say after spending hours out in the elements, the snowmobilers were found safe

Other than being cold and hungry, they are fine

WHISTLER, B.C. – The RCMP say nine snowmobilers who were stuck in the Brandywine Mountain area south of Whistler, British Columbia, have been found and are safe.

The Mounties say in a news release Monday that the snowmobilers have returned to their vehicles cold and hungry, but otherwise OK.

Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes says the snowmobilers’ families and friends began calling police Sunday night to report they had not returned home to various locations in the Lower Mainland.

Hayes said the snowmobilers’ vehicles were found parked in the Brandywine Mountain area and they were believed to be travelling in three groups.

He says the weather appears to have changed quickly, stopping the snowmobilers from returning and preventing search crews for searching for them in the backcountry.

Police say one of the groups was equipped with satellite tracking and the snowmobilers were prepared to spend time in the backcountry.