Lost hiker found near Gananoque

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NEWS -

GANANOQUE – Provin­cial po­lice are stress­ing safety af­ter re­spond­ing to a lost hiker off Marble Rock Road in Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands Town­ship. On Dec. 4 at about 5 p.m., On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice (OPP) of­fi­cers in Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands were alerted to a hiker who had lost her way. Luck­ily, the 51-year-old Gananoque woman had a cell­phone with her and was able to con­tact po­lice for help. The of­fi­cers, af­ter a five-kilo­me­tre walk, lo­cated her safe and un­harmed on the trails and es­corted her back to her ve­hi­cle. Insp. Mike Fran­cis, the Leeds OPP de­tach­ment com­man­der, is re­mind­ing hik­ers it’s im­por­tant to al­ways plan your route, bring maps, GPS and be pre­pared for ad­verse weather. Other tips in­clude: - Leav­ing in­for­ma­tion about your where­abouts on the dash of your car, hav­ing a charged cell­phone, food, water and med­i­cal sup­plies. -Al­ways let some­one know where you are go­ing and when you think you’ll be back. -Wear proper cloth­ing and footwear, adding that at­tempt­ing to nav­i­gate the trails in flip flops would be a very poor de­ci­sion.

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