A Fort Macleod couple missing since Saturday was found at 4 p.m. Tuesday in a cabin in a remote area in Bow River.
Jacob and Anja Oosterwijk were flown by helicopter to hospital for evaluation after using a radio in a cabin to contact Elk Valley RCMP.
The Oosterwijks left Fort Macleod at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for a day trip to the Fernie area and did not return.
RCMP Inspector Joe McGeough in a news release said Anja Oosterwijk said their vehicle became stuck and they were stranded.
“Apparently, after becoming stuck, the two were able to locate a cabin with a radio and make the call for assistance,” McGeough said.
McGeough said the radio transmission was very broken and police got few details, but a helicopter sent to the area located the couple.
“Her husband had an injured knee, but otherwise were okay,” McGeough said.
Earlier Tuesday afternoon the Oosterwijk family at a news conference at the Fort Macleod RCMP detachment expressed their appreciation for the community’s support.
“There are so many people supporting us,” the Oosterwijks’ daughter Gerdine said Tuesday. “They give us all a lot of strength.”
An aerial and ground search took place for the couple who were believed lost off main roads between Pincher Creek and Fernie.
Gerdine Oosterwijk said her family was optimistic Jacob and Anja would be found in good health.
“I’m worried they’re hurt, but I just think that they’re stuck and waiting in the car,” Gerdine said.
Gerdine Oosterwijk said her parents usually take day trips to Waterton and the Porcupine Hills but set out Saturday for their first trip to Fernie.
“They just wanted to go somewhere else,” Gerdine said.
McGeough said at Tuesday’s press conference there was a confirmed sighting of the couple Saturday about 2:30 p.m. in the Frank Slide area in the Crowsnest Pass. The RCMP are investigating a report the couple was spotted later Saturday in Fernie.
Search and rescue crews and RCMP helicopters conducted ground and aerial searches in Alberta and B.C. McGeough said mountains, rivers, trees and snow made it challenging.
People from Fort Macleod and district, including Jacob’s co-workers at Structural Truss, joined the search.
“I never expected that many people looking for my parents,” Gerdine said. “That gives us strength and hope.”
Family members from Holland are in Fort Macleod supporting the five Oosterwijk children, who range in age from six to 22 years.
A Facebook page titled “Searching for the Oosterwijks” started Monday