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Lost snowmobilers rescued in Crowsnest Pass

Two snowmobilers were rescued early Sunday morning after their machines got stuck northwest of the Crowsnest Pass.
The snowmobilers were from Calgary and were not familiar with the area and had limited snowmobile experience, RCMP Const. Jesse Morrison of the Crowsnest Pass detachment said.
“Neither were equipped with emergency equipment, dry clothing, or the means to make shelter, fire or to signal rescuers,” Morrison said in a news release. “Both were wet and complaining of the cold and possible hypothermia.”
Crowsnest Pass RCMP received a call about 9:40 p.m. Saturday of two snowmobilers lost north of Atlas Staging area, northwest of the Crowsnest Pass.
The RCMP spoke to the man and woman on a cell phone.
The snowmobilers had unloaded in the Atlas Staging area at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday for an estimated 1 1/2-hour ride.
“It was learned that both snowmobiles got stuck and that they were unable to dig them out after a significant effort,” Morrison said. “The snowmobilers then decided to walk out.”
Crowsnest Pass Rescue Squad were dispatched and at 11:30 p.m. three rescue workers departed from the Atlas Staging area on snowmobiles.
Shortly after midnight, the snowmobilers were located and returned to the staging area.
Both were wet and cold, transported to Crowsnest Pass Hospital for examination and later released.
Local weather conditions were worsening with increasing winds and blowing snow.
Morrison said people who use the back country must be prepared when venturing into unfamiliar territory.
“Mountain conditions can change very quickly and users must be prepared for all possibilities — winter or summer,” Morrison said. “Proper planning and preparation is essential.”