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Couple, dog rescued near Capilano River after veering off trail to avoid bear

(Source: DNV Fire Rescue Services/Twitter)

Rescue team helped a couple, their dog stuck near the Capilano River

Pair veered off trail trying to avoid a bear before finding themselves stuck

No one was hurt

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A couple and their small dog were rescued Saturday after they got stuck near the Capilano River trying to avoid a bear.

While hiking in the Capilano River Regional Park with their dog, the 26-year-old man and 22-year-old woman came across a bear and tried to avoid it. After a bit of time, they resumed their hike only to find the bear again, but this time the animal was standing on its hind legs.

They veered off the trail to avoid the bear and ended up at the edge of the river where they crossed over to the other side.

It was there they found themselves stuck and unable to climb out of the steep area.

After calling the park staff, the couple dialled 9-1-1.

Jeremy Duncan, assistant chief of operations with the District of North Vancouver Fire Rescue Services says the call came in around 5 p.m.

“We ended up lowering a team of three from the [Capilano Suspension] Bridge, and what’s called a rapid deployment craft down from the bridge to the river’s edge. They used it to paddle across, get the people to the shore that we needed to with their dog, and then we hauled them out,” he explains.

“They were actually very calm, very thankful. The dog, not surprisingly seemed a little shaken up,” he says, adding the dog handled the rescue well.

The couple wasn’t hurt and they were cleared by BC Ambulance.

-with files from Lisa Steacy