British Columbia

Group uses extra clothing, turbans to rescue stranded hiker

The group of hikers happened upon a stranded hiker in Golden Ears Provincial Park, and used extra clothes and turbans to fashion a makeshift rope for the man to grab onto so they could pull him out. 

'I've never seen or heard of that before,' says search and rescue manager

Search crews were called to Lower Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park to help a a man who was stranded, but when they arrived, he had been saved by some quick-thinking hikers. (BC Parks)

A group of hikers in a B.C. park are being touted as "ingenious" for their quick thinking after they used extra clothes and turbans to help another stranded wayfarer. 

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue was called in by RCMP to help find and rescue a stranded hiker near Lower Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park, north of Maple Ridge, B.C., on Monday at about 6 p.m. PT. Search manager Rick Laing says the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, had slipped on some slick rock and fell into a pool above Lower Falls. 

As the team hiked up a trail, they approached a group of seven people on their way down — five of whom had been involved in helping the stranded hiker out of the pool, where water raced toward him. 

The group had happened upon the hiker and his friend who had been trying to help him, and used extra clothes and turbans to fashion a makeshift rope — about 10 metres long — for the man to grab onto so they could pull him out. 

Man uses turban to rescue hiker near waterfall

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Ridge Meadows search and rescue says the dramatic rescue happened near Lower Falls in Golden Ears Park after a man slipped and fell near a pool of water. 0:46

"We all thought that was very ingenious to do that," Laing said. 

"I've never seen or heard of that before."

Laing said the man was "extremely lucky" the group passed by when they did, because he says at least one person a year slips and drowns after going over the falls in that area. 

He advises anyone hiking in the area to be careful, regardless of the season. 

With files from Dan Burritt

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