Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain – Houston Today

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain - Houston Today
Children rescued after spending night alone on B.C. mountain
Two young children were rescued Monday after spending the night alone on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik says the drama began late Sunday afternoon when the boy and girl, aged 6 and 7, were heading down a trail with their father.

The childrens father and mother later told CTV News Vancouver they was proud of their children for being so brave. The father said his children did exactly what they were supposed to: stay together, while he went off to get help.

“All three, unfortunately, ended up falling down a steep treacherous cliff and the father was able to make the difficult climb up the cliff while injured to get help and made the difficult decision to leave the two kids on a plateau feeling that it was too dangerous for the kids to follow him up.”

Multiple search and rescue teams across the region responded, and the children were found around 8 a.m. on Monday and long-lined to safety by a helicopter.

"Due to the very rugged nature of the terrain we found them in, a decision was made to longline them out," MacDonald said, describing how the children were essentially airlifted out of the area.

Children stranded overnight on Coquitlams Burke Mountain now found

Coquitlam Search and Rescue Manager Ian MacDonald say they are grateful the six-year-old girl and seven-year-old boy weren’t seriously injured.

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“Well, you can imagine that all of us, you know, we’ve got kids and then it was really elation because this is very rugged terrain where they were lost, so we were just very, very thankful that they were found alive.”

Two young children who spent the night stranded on a B.C. mountain were brought to safety by rescue crews. Their injured father had been forced to leave them to find help. (Coquitlam SAR/Twitter)

She says her husband and kids ran into snow on their hike and that caused them to lose the trail. They were walking along a narrow path, holding hands, when one slipped and then they all fell into a river below.

“My daughter and son each may have hit a rock… and probably my husband too but miraculously they were OK. My husband said it was about a 10-foot fall.”

Three Search and rescue teams, including Coquitlam, North Shore and Maple Ridge, managed to locate the children. Also aiding in the search were a helicopter a drone and a police dog.

Hoogstra said her husband made the difficult decision to hike out to find cellphone service so he could call for help.

Coquitlam RCMP worked with search and rescue teams to locate two young children, ages six and seven, from Burke Mountain.

She said the trio figured if they all waited for help, it may never come since they were off the trail.

Quarry Road was closed this morning for the rescue and police were planning a press conference at 10 a.m. at the site.

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The children have been located and are being longlined out of the forest by hellicopter to awaiting ambulances.

The kids and their father were visiting from the state of Georgia and were hiking into a lake on Burke Mountain to go fishing.

Coquitlam Search and Rescue led the search effort, which also involved crews from North Shore, Ridge Meadows, Surrey and the Central Fraser Valley. A police dog, drone, and helicopter were also involved in the search.

Two children from the United States have been rescued, cold but not seriously hurt, after spending the night alone in a forested area of Burke Mountain in Coquitlam, B.C.

RCMP say the six-year-old girl, seven-year-old boy and their father fell down a "steep, treacherous cliff" into a creek drainage area near Munro Lake late Sunday. They'd been trying to get to the lake to do some fishing on the sunny afternoon, but lost the trail, search crews said.

The children were lowered to the ground and reunited with their father and taken to a waiting ambulance. They were checked out at Royal Columbian Hospital but have since returned home.

A police statement said the father made 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, with their father standing by.

"You dont want to give up. Youre hoping youll hear this little voice in the darkness," Hurley said of the hunt for the kids. "Best outcome ever."

"This was really a miraculous rescue and a really positive outcome," Coquitlam Search and Rescue manager Ian MacDonald told reporters.

Crews are reminding people to create a trip plan that indicates your intended destination and time you expect to return, and leave it with someone in case of an emergency.

"You can imagine, all of us [searchers], we've got kids. It was really elation. This is very rugged terrain where they were lost so we were just very, very thankful that they were found alive and uninjured," he said.

Coquitlam Search and Rescue led the search effort, which also involved crews from North Shore, Ridge Meadows, Surrey and the Central Fraser Valley. A police dog, drone, and helicopter were also involved in the search.

MacDonald said the children were cold but alert without any serious injuries. They were taken to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., for a full checkup.

Bryan Moffatt and Brad Rennie, who both work with Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue, were part of the team that found the kids.

The children were lowered to the ground and reunited with their father and taken to a waiting ambulance. They were checked out at Royal Columbian Hospital but have since returned home.

"They were invisible, pretty much like a rock. They were hiding under a grey sweatshirt. After several calls, they actually responded and came out of the sweatshirt and gave us the A-OK," said Rennie, whose group spotted the children from up the hill.

"You dont want to give up. Youre hoping youll hear this little voice in the darkness," Hurley said of the hunt for the kids. "Best outcome ever."

"Very," said Moffatt, whose own two kids are of a similar age. "They were quite smiley."

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

Royal Canadian Mounted Police say a 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.

He wrapped them in warm clothes, told them not to move and hiked a kilometre or two over dense, forested terrain until he had cellphone reception to call for help. MacDonald said search crews got the call around 7 p.m. and searched for the children all night.

MacDonald said the children didn't move while they waited for rescue. They were found just where they'd been left, not far from a backpack their father had lost.

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

"The kids did a great job. And the dad did a great job of telling them, you know, 'I want you to stay here,'" the search manager said.

He said the area around Munro Lake is safe so long as hikers stay on the trail, though it's common for people to get lost. Crews said the family was visiting from the state of Georgia and the father wasn't familiar with the area.