Couple tells tale after being stranded for weeks
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.