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Family stranded on Copper Mountain for six hours

Father took knife and bear spray to look for alternative route

A family from Hope was stranded for six hours on Copper Mountain on Monday, Aug. 29.

According to Princeton RCMP Sgt. Rob Hughes, they were travelling in a 2017 GMC Acadia when they lost their way on a disused forestry service road and drove down a steep embankment.

Their vehicle’s On Star device activated, sending out a GPS signal from the Jameson Lake area.

However that signal, along with voice contact with those in the SUV, eventually dropped and could not be reinstated.

The father indicated he was taking a knife and bear spray to try to find an alternative road, but he was unsuccessful.

Princeton Ground Search and Rescue found the family at about 11 p.m., and RCMP secured them a motel room for the night.

Their vehicle was retrieved the following day.

There were no injuries, said Hughes.

“Thanks to always to Ground Search and Rescue for their efforts and expertise,” he added.

Related: Princeton Ground Search and Rescue has the only mounted team in B.C.

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Andrea DeMeer

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