BRITISH COLUMBIA

Hiker rescued by RCMP praised for doing everything right

07/11/2013 05:38 EDT | Updated 09/10/2013 05:12 EDT
TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. - A hiker rescued this week from a remote alpine trail near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., is being praised by the RCMP for doing everything right.

The experienced adult male hiker was found Monday with a broken ankle by a search and rescuer crew, after he activated his SPOT emergency beacon.

The beacon can be programmed to contact the police or family and friends on a person's behalf, even from very remote locations.

Not only was the hiker equipped with supplies and emergency equipment, including the beacon, but the RCMP say he had discussed his itinerary with family and friends, which was invaluable when formulating a rescue plan.

The hiker was extracted by helicopter and transported to a Tumbler Ridge health centre.

He was released soon afterwards. (The Canadian Press)