Pemberton RCMP assisted in two search-and-rescue callouts over the course of one day last week.
The first call on Aug. 12 involved an injured hiker near the popular camping spot, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. The second call stemmed from two youth males who went missing near Snob Hill in Pemberton. In both instances, police said the individuals were rescued safely, thanks in part to the use of GPS coordinates on the individuals’ cellphones.
“The most effective way to efficiently find those involved was through their cellphone GPS capabilities,” said Whistler RCMP’s Cpl. Darren Durnin in a release. “The Whistler RCMP (is) reminding outdoor enthusiasts to take the time to learn how to access the GPS coordinates available on most smartphones, or alternatively to bring a GPS device. The GPS coordinates will allow for the involved agencies to isolate your location and organize an efficient response.”
Woman dies on ATV tour
A 47-year-old B.C. woman died last week after falling off an ATV on a Canadian Wilderness Adventures (CWA) tour.
Shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, the tour was travelling downhill from the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb at an estimated 15 kilometres an hour when the woman fell from her ATV and sustained injuries, confirmed CWA general manager Craig Beattie. After receiving first aid from CWA and bike park staff, she was airlifted to the Whistler Health Care Centre, where she was pronounced dead on the scene.
According to eyewitnesses, the woman, who was wearing a helmet, appeared to have “passed out or fell asleep” while driving, said Beattie in an email. CWA does not serve alcohol on its ATV tours, he added.
“Canadian Wilderness Adventures extends our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” said Beattie.
A BC Coroners Service spokesperson said the investigation is still in its early stages and that no further details on the incident were available at press time.
Police received 17 noise complaints in past week
The Whistler RCMP is reminding the public to pipe down after receiving 17 noise disturbance complaints over the past week.
“During the summer months, especially during events, it is easy to forget about those around you, and the negative impact your noise can have,” Durnin said.
According to Whistler’s noise bylaw, “any amplified music or speech” that can be heard between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. is not permitted and could result in a fine.