Emergency turns out to be campers
Aug 25, 2013 / 1:02 pm
An emergency distress on Black Mountain turned out to be a false alarm, but required a concentrated effort from the Central Okanagan Search & Recue folks to determine.
Saturday night Central Okanagan Search and Rescue had a request from the RCMP for assistance in determining if some flashing red lights on Black Mountain were a distress signal.
COSAR responded to the scene with two personnel and one truck, to assist the RCMP. Upon arrival the RCMP and COSAR could see the lights and after several attempts at voice communication and signalling with no response, it was decided that emergency rescue units would hike into the area and make sure everyone was okay.
Additional resources from another COSAR response truck and an ATV team were requested to back up the initial response team that were hiking into the area where COSAR and RCMP believed the lights were originating from.
After a 30-minute hike up some steep terrain, the two COSAR members and the RCMP member found the light source to be from a group of teenagers setting up camp. The red lights came from their ATV.
"After talking to the teenagers and confirming there was no one in distress, we stood down our ATV team," said Duane Tresnich, vice president and media relations contact for COSAR. "The responding members then returned to their vehicles."
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