Lost hikers rescued near Buntzen Lake by Coquitlam Search and Rescue
Rescuers say the pair did exactly what they should - stay in one place
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."
The two men lost the trail and found themselves in increasingly dangerous terrain. They needed a rope rescue. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbc?src=hash">#cbc</a> <a href="http://t.co/AOav3yEkdo">pic.twitter.com/AOav3yEkdo</a>—@raffertybaker