Missing hiker found safe after spending night on North Vancouver mountain

VANCOUVER — Rescue crews have found a missing female hiker safe after she was stranded overnight in the backcountry of Crown Mountain in North Vancouver.

North Shore Rescue says the 36-year-old Vancouver woman was spotted by a helicopter in Hanes Valley at around 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

Crews began an extensive search Friday night after the woman’s boyfriend called local RCMP when she did not return home.

The search continued overnight and Coquitlam Search and Rescue and Lions Bay Search and Rescue also sent members to help in the morning.

North Shore Rescue’s John Blown says the woman did all the right things, including telling someone where she was going and packing food, a space blanket and jacket, but she just got off trail.

He says the space jacket helped the crews in the sky spot her and she was hungry and cold, but otherwise OK, after being lost for 17 hours.

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