North Shore Rescue save stranded hiker with help of military

A hiker on Crown Mountain has been rescued early Wednesday morning after becoming stranded late Tuesday evening.

North Shore Rescue (NSR) says someone on the adjacent Goat Mountain, on Vancouver’s North Shore, heard calls of distress from a hiker stuck on Crown Mountain.

In an update on Facebook Wednesday morning, NSR says Talon Helicopters and rescue members who are trained on night vision goggles searched the area at night and were able to quickly locate the subject in a steep overhanging gully.

“We located where he is,” Jim Loree of NSR told CityNews overnight Tuesday. “It’s really, really tricky, steep terrain so access by ground teams at night is not really feasible right now. So, as it stands he’s still stranded there, he’s not injured.”

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When looking for the stranded hiker overnight, NSR says the hiker shined a light source at the helicopter “making it easy to identify him.” The helicopter had flown over that location during the day, the team says, but the flight crew could not see him in the gully as only his arm was was visible.

Loree says 442 Squadron, a military team based in Comox on Vancouver Island, was contacted to help with the extraction effort.

“[The team] was able to respond and successfully hoisted the subject out of the field early this morning,” NSR wrote on Facebook around 7 a.m.

“The area he’s in is a fairly technical area. Crown Mountain is located above Hanes Valley and Hanes Valley is a place where people typically run into trouble. It’s not really unusual. It’s big boulders, and it’s not really a clearly marked path,” Loree explained.

Loree says the rescue team will be heading out at around 6:30 Wednesday morning to “pluck them out.”

North Shore Rescue is reminding hikers to always be prepared for the worst and come ready with the proper provisions when exploring the great outdoors.

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