Lost hikers rescued – saved by a deactivated cellphone!

West Shore

2017-06-27 11:49 PDT

File # 2017-9021

A mother and son who ventured for a hike in Goldstream Park have been rescued despite being unprepared for the hike and getting lost.

On June 25, 2017, just after 6:00 p.m., West Shore RCMP received a 9-1-1 call from a 15 year old boy stating that he and his mother were lost in Goldstream Park after venturing off the trails.

The hikers told the 9-1-1 operator they had no supplies, no food or water, that they were wearing flip flops and had no experience as hikers. To add to their misfortune, the cellphone they were carrying had no service plan and could not make phone calls. However, deactivated cellphones can still call 9-1-1. The operator gave the hikers directions to stay at their location and to call 9-1-1 every 30 minutes for updates until a Search and Rescue team were able to find them within a couple hours.

GPS coordinates were obtained for the cellphone and the Search and Rescue team were able to successfully locate the pair and escort them back to the campground without sustaining any serious injuries, states Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for West Shore RCMP. This is a great reminder to ensure you are prepared for outdoor hikes and to stick to the beaten path.

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Cst. Alex Bérubé

Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
Office: 250-391-3348
Fax: 250-474-8970

Email: westshore_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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