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Eye in the sky finds snowmobilers

Volunteers from Vernon Search and Rescue assisted RCMP from the North Okanagan in locating two overdue snowmobilers on Feb. 16.

The experienced sledders were part of a larger group that returned to their vehicles the previous night. 

When the pair didn’t show by 9:45 p.m. that night, the police were called.

Overnight snowmobile patrols by Vernon SAR were unsuccessful and the RCMP helicopter was dispatched from Kelowna at first light. The Civil Air Search And Rescue Association (CASARA) also launched a fixed wing aircraft from the Vernon Airport to assist in the search.  The aircraft was used as an airborne communications relay when then missing snowmobiliers were found.

The pair was spotted by the helicopter crew just before 9 a.m. and they were rejoined with their anxious families.

Neither person required medical treatment.

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