Six campers rescued after getting lost in Kananaskis Country
Campers had no food or gear with them
A group of six campers was rescued Sunday morning after becoming lost when they wandered away from their campsite near Gorge Creek Trail.
The group was able to take shelter at an old hunting site overnight before climbing a ridge and getting cell service. One of the campers is a diabetic but rescuers say no one was seriously injured.
"That Elbow area of Kananaskis country, the trees are fairly tall and it's quite rolling terrain," said Mike Koppang, public safety specialist with Kananaskis Country. "It's not the kind of terrain you can follow up the creek and keep a ridge line on your one side to keep your direction. Once it gets dark, it can get be really hard to tell where you're going quite easily."
Rescuers say they're hoping that others won't find themselves in a similar situation this long weekend.
For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, Koppang says there are a few tips that can help keep them safe.
"If you're going to go for a walk, always go prepared," Koppang said. "Take a backpack, some food, some water, a light, a map, a compass. These guys were fortunate, they were able to get out on a cellphone but if they weren't, did anyone know where they were?"