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Number of rescues rises

Over the course of just a couple hours on Saturday North Shore Rescue was called to help a couple injured hikers, CTV News reports.

One hiker suffered from a badly injured leg, while the other fell while hiking along the Baden Powell Trail, according to Allan McMordie, manager of North Shore Rescue.

It's been a very busy year for NSR.

"We're responding to more calls from the police but people are certainly more aware of us, so it looks like we are going to have a record-setting year," McMordie said told CTV.

Multiple search and rescue teams across the Lower Mainland are also receiving more calls each year.

"Looking at the numbers province-wide, the increase happens over time and we believe that's based on population," Coquitlam SAR manager Michael Coyle told CTV News.

Coyle said it's important hikers remember the three T's: trip plan, tell someone and take the essentials.  

He also says the responsibility should fall on businesses.

"Their responsibility doesn’t end by just bringing people there and making them sign a disclaimer," he said. "I believe they also have the responsibility to make sure people have as many opportunities to learn about what those hazards are and how to mitigate those hazards as well."

Before entering the backcountry he says people should take a look at  Adventure Smart for more tips and resources.

with files from CTV Vancouver



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