A search successfully concluded this morning for a couple overdue from a hike into Turbine Canyon Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. They were located uninjured around 9:00 a.m. this morning by a search team in an area of Height of the Rockies Provincial Park, B.C., and airlifted by helicopter to a staging area.
The Calgary couple had planned an overnight excursion and were expected to return on July 6. When the couple hadn't returned the morning of July 7, the family contacted Kananaskis Emergency Services.
The search began last night around 9:30 p.m. yesterday and resumed at 6:30 a.m. this morning.
"Despite the warmer summer weather," Jeremy Mackenzie, a public safety specialist with Kananaskis Public Safety Alberta Parks, "we would like to remind backcountry enthusiasts that current conditions in higher elevations are still snow-covered and to plan accordingly."
Mackenzie says If you are planning to go out backcountry camping or hiking, have a satellite phone or a satellite messaging device (SPOT or inReach), and leave a detailed route plan with a family member or friend.
In addition to Kananaskis RCMP, Canmore RCMP, Columbia Valley RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services were engaged in the search.
The RCMP thank their partners, Kananaskis Emergency Services, Kananaskis Public Safety Alberta Parks, Alpine Helicopters, Calgary City Police, Columbia Valley Search and Rescue and Elkford Search and Rescue for their collaboration and assistance.