Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain – Surrey Now-Leader

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain - Surrey Now-Leader
Two children missing on Burke Mountain found
A search for two children missing on Burke Mountain has resumed on Monday morning. Coquitlam Search and Rescue crews are pictured in this file image from 2018. TWITTER / COQUITLAM SAR / PNG

Coquitlam Search and Rescue was called out early Sunday evening after a father and two kids, age 6 and 7, fell down a steep cliff while hiking in the area of Munro Lake.

"We don't have a complete medical assessment on them, but the initial indications are that they are cold and maybe [have] minor injuries but there does not seem to be any serious injuries at this time," MacDonald told CBC News around 8:45 a.m.

“The father was able to make the difficult climb up the cliff while injured to get help,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik.

Two roads in the area, Quarry Road and Harper Street, have been shut down in wake of the search. RCMP have asked the public to stay away from that area, as well as Minnekhada Regional Park, where crews were based, to avoid hampering efforts.

After the father was able to notify authorities, Coquitlam SAR – along with help from Maple Ridge and North Shore SAR as well as RCMP – launched a search using ground crews, a helicopter, a drone and a police dog.

A statement said the father was able to make the difficult climb back up the hill, while injured, to get help. Search and rescue teams found the children just before 8:30 a.m. PT on Monday. They were rescued by long line an hour later.

The kids, a boy and a girl, were located around 8:30 a.m. Monday and will be extracted from the mountain via longline rescue.

RCMP say the six-year-old girl, seven-year-old boy and their father were hurt when they fell down a "steep, treacherous cliff" into a creek on their way down a hiking trail in the Munro Lake area late Sunday.

Two children have been found after they fell into a creek on Burke Mountain while hiking with their dad on Sunday

Coquitlam RCMP Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik said the children were conscious when their father made the "difficult decision" to leave them, thinking the climb would be too dangerous for the kids.

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – The desperate search for two young children on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam is over — Mounties say they’ve been found and are being air-lifted to safety.

Two children have been rescued after spending the night alone in a "treacherous," forested area of Burke Mountain in Coquitlam, B.C.

The girl and boy, aged six and seven, and their father apparently slipped into a creek and were hurt around the Monroe Lake Area while hiking on Sunday. The family was visiting from the U.S.

MacDonald said the father was standing by with search and rescue crews as his children were brought to safety on Monday.

“Our efforts began late [Sunday] when the kids and their father were traversing down a trail on Burke Mountain,” Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik said. “All three fell down a steep, treacherous cliff. The father was able to make the difficult climb up the cliff while injured to go and get help.”

A glimpse of the rescue of two young kids on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam. @CoquitlamSAR about to update media on the search and rescue of the 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy. The pair spent the night on the mountain alone. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/m1jMuya5l8

Coquitlam Search and Rescue Manager Ian MacDonald explained the father told his children to “stay put” as he went to get help. However, because it was getting dark and due to the rough terrain, MacDonald said the man was unable to return to where they had fallen.

“The conditions were excellent last night, but we got the call a bit late to be able to effectively search with helicopter,” MacDonald said, adding two helicopters began searching by air on Monday.

Staged at Minnekhada park in Coquitlam, search and rescue began searching by ground since the call came in.

“The urgency, with two children like this unaccompanied, definitely this is one of our highest priorities,” he said. “So we were searching through the night as a result of that.”

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