Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) were called out Saturday night to rescue two campers that had gotten into trouble at the top of Okanagan Mountain Park.
The pair of males in their 20’s were camping down by Okanagan Lake when they decided to hike to the top of the Mountain and spend the night there. Close to the top, as the males were walking in about three feet of snow, they were caught in a couple of short but intense storms, which ended up soaking all their clothes.
The males did the correct thing by stopping and fighting the effects of hypothermia. At about 8 p.m. they realized they would not be able to get down the mountain in the state they were in, and they called the RCMP, who in turn called COSAR.
COSAR responded with 12 members, four snowmobiles and two ATV’s. Three separate teams where created in an attempt to get to the males in the shortest possible time, from all sides of the mountain. As a result of the snowmobile and ATV team working together they managed to reach the males around 12:30 Sunday morning. The two campers were brought back to the staging area and warmed up until family members arrived to take them home.
Duane Tresnich, COSAR Vice President says at this time of year the weather can change quickly and catch people off guard.
"Please ensure that you have all the necessary survival equipment to help you get through the first 24 hours."