Lost snowmoiblers rescued near Vernon

By Ron Manz
March 29, 2016 - 11:31am Updated: March 29, 2016 - 1:42pm

VERNON, B.C. — A pair of North Okanagan men were forced to spend the night out on Hunter's Range in the Cook Creek area after taking a wrong turn on the snowmobiles.

Vernon Search and Rescue got a call that they were overdue last night around 8:30.

The RCMP helicopter located the pair this morning around 7 a.m. and they were taken out of the area around 9:30.

Search Manager Leigh Pearson says they weren't prepared to be out all night either.

"They were dressed fairly well, they were warm, but they had no food, no water and no means to light fire.  Their intent was to go out for just about an hour and a half or so but they took a wrong turn and they ended up down in a very steep drainage area and couldn't get back out again."

"They are very tired and are okay with no injuries to report. It turned out good.  They were in their late 20's or arouind 30 somewhere in that range."

"They were local. They were North Okanagan boys so they should have known better."

Pearson points out the sledders will now have to pay to get their machines airlifted out of the area.

This is the 14th call to rescue snowmobilers by Vernon Search and Rescue out of 19 calls so far this year.

Warm weather prompts special avalanche warning for B.C. and Yukon