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Snowmobilers found safe near Golden

A group of three snowmobilers were forced to spend the night in the backcountry near Golden Saturday night after their sleds became stuck.

Golden RCMP received a report from an avalanche beacon at Silent Pass, north of Duncan Lake, near Parson BC.

“Golden RCMP were able to determine that three avid snowmobilers with experience in back country sledding, and overnight winter camping, were associated to the beacon,” says Cst. Spencer Lainchbury.

Golden and District Search and Rescue were notified and attempted to locate the men via helicopter, but were turned back by bad weather. They returned Sunday morning and found the three men, who explained they had activated their emergency beacon once their sleds had become stuck, and then set up an overnight camp. 

One of the men, from Airdrie, AB, was transported to Golden via helicopter to be treated for non life-threatening injuries related to smoke inhalation. The other two men, one from Calgary, AB, and the other from Kelowna, BC, were transported back to their vehicle by Search and Rescue.

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