British Columbia

Couple visiting from Ireland rescued from popular Mount Seymour hiking trail

North Shore Rescue said they ended up lost, and hiking downhill for around 2 hours Sunday evening and called 911 when darkness set in.

Rescuers said the man and woman had no lights, warm clothing, or proper footwear.

Sunset from First Pump Peak, above Dog Mountain. A couple of tourists got lost in the area Sunday afternoon and called 911 as darkness set in. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A couple from Ireland is safe after getting rescued on the North Shore mountains Sunday night.

The pair were on a hike to Dog Mountain — a popular five-kilometre trail starting from the parking lot at Mount Seymour — around 1 p.m. PT, but got lost on their way back from the lookout.

Mike Danks with North Shore Rescue (NSR) said the couple ended up hiking downhill for around two hours. They called 911 when darkness set in.

NSR dispatched a team and said they found the pair uninjured after texting with them.

Danks said they did not have any lights or warm clothing with them, and were not wearing suitable footwear for the conditions.

The couple and rescuers made it back to the base of Mount Seymour safely around 8 p.m.

With files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza