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.
HAPPENING NOW: Nine snowmobilers believed to be stuck in the Brandywine Mountain area south of Whistler have been found and are safe says @WhistlerRCMP. They spent the night in #Whistler's backcountry. @CityNewsVAN @NEWS1130 @BT_Vancouver
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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.