A pair of weekend situations involving Powell River Search and Rescue have the group praising personal locator beacons.
On Saturday afternoon, crews were called out via a SPOT personal locator beacon to attended to an injured hiker at Emma Lake. A helicopter was needed to find the individual, who had slid down a rock slope and opened up an artery in his leg. He was treated on scene by fellow hikers, then taken to hospital.
Then on Sunday morning, crews were sent out to find an overdue hiker who was also using a SPOT device as she was hiking the Sunshine Coast Trail. The hiker had checked in on Friday, but hadn’t been in contact with her friends or family via the device since then. Search and Rescue were able to use her last known location to track down the woman quickly, where they found her SPOT device had stopped transmitting, something that was easily corrected and she was allowed to continue.