British Columbia

Lost hikers rescued near Buntzen Lake by Coquitlam Search and Rescue

Two hikers were pulled from a cliff ledge after spending 21 hours lost near Buntzen Lake, B.C., on Thursday morning.

Rescuers say the pair did exactly what they should - stay in one place

David Secunda and his nephew were clearly happy after they were rescued by Coquitlam Search and Rescue on Thursday morning. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Two hikers were pulled from a cliff ledge after spending 21 hours lost near Buntzen Lake, B.C., on Thursday morning.

David Secunda and his nephew, Jonathan Bell set out on a one-hour hike on Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. PT, but then got lost.

Secunda said they remained calm, despite the chilly conditions.

"Well, we didn't actually panic I think, and we didn't have anxiety. It was very very cold, I was shivering every 15 seconds," said Secunda.

The pair were eventually found on a cliff ledge by Coquitlam Search and Rescue team members, who had to carve a small trail and use a rope to pull the pair to safety.

Search team member Michael Coyle said the pair did exactly what lost hikers should do — stay in one place until they were found.

"Once you know you're lost, stay in one spot. There's no point thrashing around in the dark. You'll end up falling over a cliff. These people realized that, and they stayed where they were."

Google Maps: Buntzen Lake, B.C.

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