Monday January 26, 2015

Adventure ensues after ATV rendered inoperable

Two men on an adventure got more than they bargained for when they had to abandon their ATV while on a ride around Bonaparte Lake, hunker down overnight and paddle back to their lodge using a shovel and a broom.

The men aged mid-30s and mid-40s set out from Spruce Wilderness Lodge on Tuesday for a ride on a side-by-side.

When they hadn't returned by 10:30 p.m., Clinton and Barriere RCMP were alerted.

The men's delayed return prompted an 11-hour search involving Barriere Search and Rescue, Kamloops Search and Rescue, South Cariboo Search and Rescue and Barriere RCMP, according to Barriere RCMP spokesperson Const. Jason Linde.

But by 9:30 p.m. the following evening, the men had found their own way back to the lodge, which had by then become the search and rescue command centre.

"We found them safe and sound in the end, so it all worked out," said Linde.

Kamloops RCMP reported a collapsed bridge had something to do with the men's delay but Linde refused to comment on that.

He said an incident rendered the vehicle inoperable and the men were too far away to walk, so they found shelter for the night.

Linde also would not confirm reports that the men came across an empty, privately owned cabin in which to bunk down for the night.

He did say the men came across a boat, but he was unable to describe it other than to say it did not contain paddles.

The men improvised and found a shovel and broom that enabled them to make their way across the lake back to the lodge.

The men were uninjured and healthy, said Linde, and "all items were returned to the property and the owners made aware."

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