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Lost hunters 'do the right things'

A pair of hunters, lost in the hills above Glenrosa Tuesday night, did almost everything right prior to being plucked from the woods by a search and rescue team.

The unidentified men left their homes about 5 p.m. Tuesday, and, about 90 minutes later called home to inform their families they were on their way back home.

Rob Braun with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue says it wasn't long before the two realized they were lost.

"Just after 8 o'clock they realized they were running into a problem, they were disoriented in the fog and at that point they decided they were lost," says Braun who served as search manager.

"They decided to stay put, light a fire and call for help."

Braun says COSAR was called in at about 9 p.m. and located the two at about 1:30 a.m.

He says they were cold but otherwise in good condition.

With the foggy conditions, Braun says the two thought they were heading home when, in fact, they were going in the opposite direction.

"They were between Mt. Drought and Mt. Law north of the Connector," says Braun.

"They were in the gully that contains Law Creek on a quad trail."

Braun says the two men did several things right including leaving a note to say where they were going, venturing out together, dressing for conditions, bringing water, going to a familiar area, having a phone, being able to describe for rescuers their surroundings, lighting a fire and staying put.

"Unfortunately though, as typically happens, they were phoning not only emergency services, but they were phoning their loved ones as well and they ate up their cell phone," says Braun.

"By the time the police tried to ping their cell phone to get a GPS coordinate, their cell phone had already died so we were unable to do that."

He says that happens more often than not.

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