The keen smell of a police service dog helped find a lost hiker in Spallumcheen.
The dog also helped the hiker and its handler walk safely out of the bush in the pitch-black conditions.
An officer from Armstrong was dispatched to the end of Reservoir Road in Spallumcheen at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday after the hiker contacted police on his cell phone to say he had passed the reservoir and was lost.
“He dropped his cell phone in some water so now the phone was only working intermittently and was low on battery power,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
The officer attended after obtaining a key to the locked gate, and a police service dog and handler were called to assist in tracking the lost hiker.
“They tracked up the hillside while maintaining cell phone contact with the 23-year-old Armstrong man.
“The hiker was recovered and escorted back down to his vehicle,” said Molendyk. “There were no injuries and emergency health services was not required.”
The man was spoken to about the dangers of hiking beyond “Do Not Enter” gates, as well as hiking in the late afternoon in to dusk by himself.
“He was appreciative for the officers’ efforts and rescue,” said Molendyk.