Squamish rescue crews changing tactics in search for missing mountaineers

The search for three missing mountaineers near Squamish has continues after rescue crews announced it was temporarily suspended Thursday due to unstable conditions.

However, Squamish Search and Rescue says it has changed its strategy.

“Please know that we haven’t completely stopped searching; but rather have switched tactics due to the dangerous terrain and current conditions” the team said in a post on social media.

“Over the last two days, we have been analyzing video footage obtained while searching from aircraft and using drones. During this period of analysis, the terrain is also changing due to the weather and once the hazards have resolved from the rapid change from cool to hot we will be afforded further opportunities to search.”

Police say the names of the missing are not being released, and the families of the climbers are “requesting privacy during this difficult time.”

The search for the mountaineers — who are considered to be highly skilled — began on Atwell Peak in Garbaldi Provincial Park after they did not return as expected on Friday, May 31.

With files from The Canadian Press.

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