Two hikers were lost in Goldstream Provincial Park on Sunday. (Rebecca Wilde/News Gazette staff)

Mother and son rescued after getting lost in Goldstream Provincial Park

Hikers didn’t have food or water and were wearing flip flops

An unprepared mother and son were saved by a deactivated cellphone after a hiking trip went awry.

The pair were hiking off-trail in Goldstream Provincial Park on Sunday when they got lost.

West Shore RCMP received a call just after 6:00 p.m. from the 15 year-old boy. The call was made from a deactivated cellphone, which can still make emergency calls despite not having a service plan.

The boy and his mother told the 911 operator that they were inexperienced, had no food or water, and were wearing flip flops.

The operator told the hikers to stay where they were and to check in with emergency personnel every 30 minutes.

“GPS coordinates were obtained for the cellphone and the search and rescue team were able to successfully locate them and escort them back to the campground without sustaining any serious injuries,” stated Const. Alex Berube, spokersperson for the West Shore RCMP. “This is a great reminder to ensure you are prepared for outdoor hikes and to stick to the beaten path.”

joel.tansey@goldstreamgazette.com

Twitter: @joelgazette

West Shore RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke marine search and rescue cast their nets for volunteers

Non-profit looking for crew and society members

No plan in place if Sooke homeless shelter forced to shut doors

Contract for Otter Road facility now month to month

Three years for serial bank robber who hit Sidney branch

Lucas Bradwell was wanted for robberies in Sidney, Abbotsford and Vancouver

Cook Street Village grocery icon closing, new owners plan major renovation

Louie family has operated Oxford Foods and predecessor for five decades at Cook and Oxford streets

Couple that owned Sooke Harbour House awarded $4 million after lengthy court case

B.C. Supreme Court rules in favour of Frederique and Sinclair Philip

Rare fish washes onto Whiffin Spit in Sooke

Deep water fish identified as ‘King-of-the-salmon’

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Island Corridor Foundation launches survey on importance of Vancouver Island rail

“ICF remains 100 per cent committed to the restoration of full rail service on Vancouver Island”

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Island RCMP remind drivers not to text after 19 tickets handed out in 90 minutes

The $368 fines were handed out Tuesday on Norwell Drive and Old Island Highway in Nanaimo

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Local councils important, Horgan says as municipal conference ends

B.C. NDP leader says ‘speed dating’ vital, online or in person

Penticton woman sentenced to one year in prison for manslaughter of teen boyfriend

Kiera Bourque, 24, was sentenced for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Penticton’s Devon Blackmore

Most Read