It's turning out to be a busy August for the volunteers who keep Tri-Cities residents out of trouble in the back country.
Already this month, Coquitlam Search and Rescue have dealt with five rescues, including a three-day search for a missing woman at Sasamat Lake in Port Moody.
The two latest searches occurred over the weekend, with Coquitlam SAR called to find a pair of hikers who got lost on Burke Mountain and a person in distress at the north end of Pitt Lake.
In the case of the missing hikers, the two people essentially were on a trail, but as night grew near, they decided to leave the trail hoping for a faster route out.
They ended up getting lost and called for help.
The missing hikers managed to light a bonfire - something searchers don't recommend; they suggest using a flashlight instead - which was spotted by an RCMP helicopter.
Eventually, SAR teams were able to reach the hikers and walk them out unharmed around 3 a.m.
The team was also called over the weekend to help a person in distress on Pitt Lake while covering duties for the Ridge-Meadows SAR.
The incident was passed along to the RCMP once search crews arrived.
There was also another call for an injured mountain biker on Westwood Plateau, but paramedics got to scene before SAR, and the team was called off.
A week earlier, dozens of volunteers and search crews spent the B.C. Day weekend looking for a Douglas College student who went missing for three days while on a trip to Sasamat Lake.
She was also eventually found alive and well.
Though July was a considerably quieter month for Coquitlam SAR, August has been anything but sleepy.
"It is a particularly busy time for us," Jim Delgrande, a search manager with Coquitlam SAR, told The NOW.
"These things are quite unpredictable. Things do seem to come in clumps and groups."
The summer tends to be the slowest time for the society, with activity picking up in the fall.
SAR officials did offer some basic advice for those venturing out into the local wilderness.
The tips include letting people know where you're going and when you're going to be back.
Adventurers are also reminded not to rely on a cellphone and to bring essentials like extra clothing, food, water and a map.
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