Lost campers north of Capreol found safe and sound

Two campers who got lost north of Capreol over the weekend are a good example of what to do right in this situation, the Greater Sudbury Police Department said.

Over the weekend, a concerned family reported that two of their family were late for a camping weekend, police said in a press release.

Fortunately, the two missing had informed their families of the exact location they would be in in case they did not return home.

Campers made the wise decision to stay with their vehicles instead of trying to walk the nearly 50 kilometers of trails to the main road, police said.

Rural GSPS officers succeeded in locating the individuals and bringing them to safety. Police also thanked the Ministry of Natural Resources for their help.

Arrangements will be made to recover individuals’ vehicles.

“With the permission of (campers), we are sharing this story publicly to remind outdoor enthusiasts of the importance of letting someone know where you are going, your route and your expected return time,” GSPS said in the statement. “If these people had not informed their families of their exact location and expected time of return, this situation might have had an entirely different outcome. “

GSPS offers some tips for outdoor enthusiasts:

Always check the weather forecast in advance to make sure you are prepared for the conditions. Dress appropriately – wear layered clothing.

Plus, if you ever get lost in nature, the best thing you can do is stay where you are. The further you go, the more you get lost. Especially in extreme hot or cold weather conditions, it is best to avoid exercising and risking injury. Find or build a temporary shelter, stay warm, dry, and as hydrated as possible. The goal of every research effort is to find the topic as quickly as possible and under the best possible conditions.

“We would like to commend these people for mitigating the risk by telling their family members where they would be and for staying with their vehicle instead of trying to walk through the snow to the main road,” said the police.

GSPS is also reminding community members of the what3words application. In a situation where you don’t know your exact location, what3words is a simple and effective way to share information with first responders.

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