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Overdue Hunters Located Safe and Sound

Update 11:30 am: The search for two missing hunters Southeast of Williams Lake in the Cariboo Regional District has ended successfully.

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue, search manager Grant MacPherson said they received a call this morning from RCMP at 2:30 about two missing hunters in the Moffatt Lake area.

“Given the weather conditions; it was relatively mild, there’s no rain, snow, we didn’t feel it was necessary to go out right away,” MacPherson said.

“So we went out this morning and on the way out there I received a radio call from our base here in town that coordinates of the missing people had come through and they were forwarded us.”

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MacPherson adds CCSAR members were going to go and meet them, but in the meantime, their hunting buddies had already met up with them.

“It wasn’t much of a search, but we have to respond in these cases,” he said.

“The two individuals that were lost were in no danger. They’re very well qualified, they’re well equipped except the weather was so nice yesterday that they left some of the gear in the quad while they went off hunting and that included their satellite tracker which can send a mayday signal so that Search and Rescue know that you’re in trouble and can go and look for you.”

“I can’t say they did anything wrong. It was just a bit of misadventure, they perhaps didn’t plan their outing accordingly and darkness fell before they were prepared for it.”

Original Article: Members with the Central Cariboo Search and Rescue have been activated after two of four hunters failed to return.

“We were alerted to the call at about 2 o’clock this morning (Wednesday),” said CCSAR chief Rick White.

“A group of hunters were southeast of here in the Cariboo Regional District and two did not return so we had our search manager work on it.”

CCSAR deployed members with vehicles and ATVs at around 7:30 am.

“We have alerted teams in 100 Mile to come up,” White adds.

“At this stage, we’re just getting out there and getting organized. We’ll see what develops throughout the day, hopefully, they’re found safe and sound.”

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