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UPDATE: Rocky Mountain House RCMP locate missing hiker

A hiker who had been missing since Saturday morning has been found “alive and well,” say Rocky Mountain House RCMP.

At 11 a.m., the 45-year-old hiker told his parents he was going for a hike or cross-country ski west of Nordegg and that he would return by 3 p.m.

The man did not return and was not been heard from since his departure, police said in a Sunday morning press release. The hiker and his family are not from the area and were staying at a cabin in Nordegg.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP, neighbouring RCMP detachments and search and rescue conducted a search for the man.

At 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, police released an update saying the man had been located near Siffleur Falls.

The hiker “had lost his bearings during his hike and was not able to locate his vehicle,” police said, adding he did not sustain any injuries, but is being assessed by emergency medical services as a precaution.

“Police are extremely pleased with this outcome and would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the potential dangers of remote outdoor activity in cold temperatures. Always ensure before heading out that you are well prepared, someone knows where you are going, you are dressed for the weather and check for adverse weather conditions.”

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