09/07/2015 03:16 EDT | Updated 09/07/2016 05:12 EDT

Grizzly Bears Attacks 2 Men South Of Fort Nelson, B.C.

The hunters' conditions were described as serious, and critical.

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Two hunters are in hospital this morning with serious injuries after being attacked by as many as three grizzly bears south of Fort Nelson, B.C. Sunday.

Three grizzly bears approached the pair of hunters, who were northeast of Buckinghorse River, said an official with B.C. Ambulance Service. It's not clear how many bears were involved in the actual attack.

Paramedics were called after 6 p.m. PT, but when they arrived with two medevac helicopters, it was too dark to rescue the hunters, said the BCAS official.

At 9 p.m., the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria dispatched a Cormorant helicopter from Comox, on Vancouver Island, to take the hunters to Fort Nelson for medical help.

Their conditions were described as serious, and critical. They were to be transferred to Vancouver General Hospital.

Buckinghorse River is between Fort Nelson and Fort St. John on Highway 97.

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