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Missing hunter found safe near Smithers

The Smithers RCMP received a report of an overdue/missing hunter at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A 72-year-old Burns Lake man went goat hunting in the Bates Range, northeast of Fort Babine approximately 100 kilometres north of Smithers.

The experienced and prepared hunter normally kept in touch with his spouse via an In Reach two-way satellite communicator twice daily.

Smithers RCMP were unable to contact the missing hunter via In Reach, and as a result Search and Rescue was activated and In Reach provided coordinates of the last contact, which was approximately three hours from Smithers.

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue deployed a helicopter and located the hunter, safe and sound, near his truck. His In Reach device was not functioning and he was unable to contact anyone. The hunter was able to drive out on his own and return safely to Burns Lake.

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