It didn't lake long for Coquitlam Search and Rescue to get its first call of the new year. Fortunately, in the end the rescue team wasn't even needed.
Coquitlam SAR was called out just after 6 p.m. Wednesday after two teens were reported overdue from a hike in the Buntzen Lake area. By the time search officials got to the area, the two teens had already been found.
"It was pretty straightforward and easy, and it was nice we didn't have to deploy any team members," said Coquitlam SAR search manager Dwight Yochim.
The teens were with their parents for a hike at the lake, when they decided to walk the trail out of the park, while the parents took the road.
Yochim suggested it was a bad idea because it was so late in the day and they weren't carrying flashlights.
"When you're in the woods, it's a lot darker. That's basically what happened - they got disorientated by the darkness and the fog," he said.
They missed the trail to get out, but managed to end up in Anmore where they got help from firefighters.
Yochim said the incident should serve as a reminder for hikers to be prepared.