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Lost hiker found safe

A local hiker is recovering after a one-hour hike turned into a seven-and-a-half hour ordeal this past weekend.

On October 10, at approximately 7 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received a 9-1-1 call from a woman who had gotten lost while walking through Forests for the World on Cranbrook Hill.

Officers attended the area and deployed a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) to assist with the search. A thorough search was conducted with the use of GPS coordinates. The 31-year-old Prince George resident was located cold, wet and scared at approximately 11:30 p.m. She was assessed by the BC Ambulance Service and released.

It was determined that the hiker had gone for a walk at approximately 4 p.m.. Her intent was to return to her vehicle at approximately 5 p.m., but became lost. She went to an open area and called police.

The Prince George RCMP would like to remind the public – especially those that enjoy the outdoors – that the days are getting shorter and colder. Please ensure that you prepare for the conditions and plan for unexpected issues. Always bring extra clothes, matches, a flashlight, a first aid kit and water with you. Ensure that someone knows your plans before you leave.

The Prince George RCMP would like to thank the Prince George Search & Rescue Society, who were in the process of deploying searchers at the time the hiker was located.

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