In the first incident, two young women from Quebec who were hiking near Brent Mountain around 2:30 p.m. became disoriented and lost. Fortunately they had a charged cellphone and a strong enough cell signal to call for help.
The pair stayed together and found shelter to protect themselves from the elements. Searchers were able to ‘ping’ their cellphone, giving them a high probability of their location.
It was at about 1:30 a.m. when PENSAR technicians were able to locate the women at Sheep Rock Mountain, an approximate 7,000 foot elevation.
“Staying together and staying where they were was critical to their rescue,” said Mike Porter, one of the search technicians on the task. “Conditions were not ideal with rain, cold temperatures and high wind, and hypothermia was a considerable threat to these women. Thankfully our team of 11 PENSAR members, 10 Oliver/Osoyoos SAR members, and five CASARA members were able to reach them quickly and safely.”
PENSAR was also dispatched out on Sunday at about 8:47 p.m. to assist in the search for a missing person at Skaha Bluffs. The subject was located safely.