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The signal did not stop there, as within a few hours, close to 20 more emergency help signals were received from the same GPS location.

Upon identifying the registered owner of the GPS and through confirmation from family, it was determined that two males were on a hunting trip, which involved a boat launch and a trip up the Toad River to a base camp, followed by a hike up the side of a mountain.

RCMP, along with Northern Rockies Search and Rescue, made their way to the scene, locating the truck and boat trailer which belonged to the two men.

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Unfortunately, rescue workers were unable to begin their search at that time due to weather conditions, thick fog and darkness, all dangerous factors when considering a search and rescue mission.

However, the morning of October 15, RCMP and Search and Rescue personnel boarded a helicopter, scanned the designated area and eventually located the two stranded men high up on the side of a mountain.

One of the discovered men, a 40 year old Fort St. John resident, had broken his foot and was unable to hike back down to their base camp.

Both men were rescued and transported to Fort Nelson where they received the necessary medical attention.

According to authorities, the rescue of these men was successful for a number of reasons: both men were well equipped with the necessary tools and were experienced, healthy back country travelers. The men had mapped out their planned designated areas of travel, and discussed these locations with their families in case an emergency took place.

It was also beneficial that the hunters properly used their Satellite GPS Unit, which allowed the men to be located, rescued and brought home quickly and efficiently.    

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