Four hikers saved on summit

Four lost hikers were rescued from one of the summits at Mount Seymour on Saturday afternoon by search and rescue crews.

The hikers, all in their 20s, were reported missing in the Suicide Creek area on the mountain early on Saturday. They were rescued at about 2 p.m. by North Shore Rescue crews.

Search manager Doug Pope said the hikers accidentally ended up on Pump Peak, Seymour's first summit, and were ill-equipped for the steep, snowy slope.

“They were pretty much stuck... They were afraid for their lives," Pope told CTV.

Pope advised that anyone planning to hike the North Shore mountains this weekend should have proper gear such as hiking boots and warm layers if they plan to hike above the snow line.

He said May long weekend is typically a busy time for the volunteer organization.

“It might be a nice day down in Vancouver right now … Up here there’s still snow … It’s still winter conditions.”

Saturday's save was the 42nd rescue by North Shore Rescue since Jan. 1, which the organization said is the most rescues they've ever had to make by mid-May.

- with files from CTV Vancouver


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