ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) — A hiker, stranded in Abbotsford’s Sumas Mountain Regional Park, was rescued thanks to their cell-phone Sunday, according to police.
The Abbotsford Police Department sent out two helicopters around 5 p.m. to search for a hiker who had lost daylight.
“Night vision goggles were utilized, and officers were able to spot the hiker’s cell phone light from approximately 10 km away,” according to a release.
“The hiker’s GPS was acquired, and the coordinates were sent to the AbbyPD Patrol and Emergency Response Team officers. As the helicopter arrived at Sumas Mountain, the hiker’s cellular phone battery died.”
Great work last night by #AbbyPD Patrol Shift 3, ERT, #Air1 & @EComm911_info finding a hiker lost on Sumas Mtn. Using night vision, Air 1 located hiker in the dark just before their cell battery died. Fortunate to find hiker before loss of cell phone. #Teamwork #BePrepared pic.twitter.com/yH9DNt2Dy3
— Mike Serr (@ChiefSerr) January 10, 2021
The hiker was in a location with no road access, so the chopper landed nearby and an officer hiked in where they found the lost hiker who was cold and hungry but uninjured.
“The cell phone’s light was a beacon of hope for this hiker in such darkness in the wilderness. Please make sure you are prepared with clothing for the climate, food and a flashlight with spare batteries,” writes Cst Shane Wiens.