Missing Vernon fishermen located

The pair had gone for the day to Todd Lake, west of Monte Lake

richard rolke

Morning Star Staff

Search crews were mobilized after two Vernon men didn’t return home from fishing.

The RCMP were notified at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday that the 41 and 65-year-old men didn’t come back from Todd Lake, west of Monte Lake.

“They typically fish this lake,” said Al Hobler, with Kamloops Search and Rescue.

“They were dressed in shorts and not prepared to be out overnight.”

The RCMP helicopter searched the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteers were called to the area at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“It’s just full of logging roads and there’s lots of places to get lost,” said Hobler, adding that while ground crews were used, the unit relied on air support.

The men were located at about noon Wednesday.

“I suspect they were a little cold but fine otherwise,” said Hobler.

“They had broke an axle driving down a steep portion of the road to the lake. They hunkered down.”