Cou­ple tells tale af­ter be­ing stranded for weeks

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A Yukon cou­ple is safe af­ter a har­row­ing trip to a re­mote min­ing site left them stranded for three weeks. RCMP in Haines Junc­tion, 150 kilo­me­tres west of White­horse, say the cou­ple was rid­ing an all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle loaded with sup­plies on June 29 when the quad flipped in a fast­flow­ing river. The man and woman man­aged to make it to shore but their sup­plies, in­clud­ing a satel­lite phone, were swept away. Po­lice say in a news re­lease that the pair was able to walk to the mine site and take shel­ter at a cabin, but ris­ing wa­ters kept them iso­lated and un­able to call for help. They were able to sal­vage some of their lost gear, in­clud­ing a cooler of food, but RCMP say it wasn’t un­til July 21 when they thought of us­ing mark­ing paint to scrawl an SOS on a gravel bar near their cabin. A pass­ing pi­lot spot­ted the mark­ings within hours and an RCMP he­li­copter sent to check out the re­port was able to air­lift the cou­ple to safety.

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