NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — After scouring Mount Seymour Sunday morning, search and rescue crews have found a hiker who has been missing since Saturday.
Mike Danks, with the North Shore Search and Rescue, says the person was long-lined back after finding the hiker near a river.
And Stan Sovdat from search and rescue adds the man was found in a pretty dangerous area.
“He was found at about 1,800 feet in the Shoshone Creek drainage … standing literally in the creek by the waterfall,” Sovdat says.
“He was waving to the helicopter so he appeared to be in good health, considering that he’d been walking for over 24 hours.”
Sunday morning Don Jardine, Search Manager of the search a rescue, said the call for help came at around 4:30 Saturday afternoon.
Rescue crews also say the man was very inexperienced, which contributed to him being stuck in such a precarious position.
“He decided he needed to get out and started continuing to to go downhill into drainages and most inexperienced people will end up in a drainage is where they think they’re going to get down to the ocean fast or the bottom fast but it just leads them to waterfalls and big drops and cliffs.”
The man did suffer some lower leg injuries and mild hypothermia.
He was lifted off the mountain back to base, and is being taken to hospital for an assessment.
Sunday morning Search Manager Don Jardine said the call for help came at around 4:30 Saturday afternoon.
“There was a 911 call to North Vancouver RCMP. A hiker said he was lost and by a creek, and his vehicle is located on the parking lot on Mount Seymour,” Jardine said. “His called dropped out, unfortunately, and we weren’t able to get a location on a cell phone.”
Jardine said the wet weather and rugged terrain slowed down the search.
“We had field team members out, you know until 11 o’clock [Saturday] night, and we were able to find some tracks in the snow, but as they descend lower in the snow melted. It’s harder to track, especially in the dark. And we encountered fog,” he explained.
“It’s not the sort of place you want to be unless you’re extremely experienced. And you shouldn’t really be going out by yourself, anywhere up Mount Seymour.”
-With files from Kareem Gouda