Nfld. & Labrador

Hikers rescued near Lark Harbour

Three hikers had to be rescued by Gander Search and Rescue after getting stuck on a steep slope this past weekend.

Three hikers had to be rescued by Gander Search and Rescue after getting stuck on a steep slope on the west coast this past weekend.

The mother and her two daughters were hiking the Appalachian Trail near Lark Harbour when they strayed from the path.

A Cormorant helicopter was dispatched to pick-up the family. Pilot Tony Clarke said a ground rescue would have been very difficult.

"At the point where we picked them up it was a mountain ledge that was probably three metres by three meters and at that point they were unable to continue down the mountain and by the looks of it, it was too difficult to go back up the trail."

After arriving on the scene, the rescue team put a sling on each of the hikers and hoisted them up into the helicopter. Rescuers said the family was initially shaken, but relieved to be rescued.