Overdue travelers found on Pine River

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Photo : The three overdue travelers (on the left) were rescued by Jason Gordon (far right) and Andrew Spencer (second from right) – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Three men that were reported missing were found on the Pine River on Friday afternoon.

The three relatives left the Taylor boat launch at around three o’clock Thursday afternoon. They were last seen in a red 20-foot river jet boat. The relatives told their family members that they were heading up the Pine River and were planning to be back at around 9 o’clock.

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But, they failed to get in contact with their family.

The group, who are all from the Charlie Lake area, hit a sandbar around a kilometre up the Pine River. The boat was stuck, so the three men camped out alongside the river. They said they didn’t get much sleep because of the storm, but they had plenty of food and water to sustain them through the night. The group says the built a campfire to keep them warm.

On Friday morning, ground and air rescuers searched the area. Volunteer searchers Jason Gordon and Andrew Spencer ended up finding the group, and the group returned to Peace Island Park around 1 o’clock Friday afternoon.

The identity of the travelers has not been released by the RCMP.

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