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Okanagan wilderness rescue

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue were called out last night to a man who had gotten lost while travelling an ATV trail near Kelowna.

Paul Toupin with the COSAR team said the man had left his vehicle which had gotten stuck on an ATV trail downslope of Browne Lake.

"The man started walking out early Friday evening, but the temperature was dropping and hit -4 Celsius by midnight," he said in a press release.

The individual felt he was at risk of exposure as he was not dressed for those temperatures and was not sure how long it would take to walk out.

He called for assistance, built a fire and relayed his position to search and rescue teams using his GPS.

Two search teams were dispatched from McCulloch Road and found the man. He was back on McCulloch Road by 3 a.m. 

The search involved 14 members of Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and one RCMP officer.

Toupin called the operation "relatively straightforward."



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