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Crowsnest Pass Rescue, RCMP, and several volunteers assisted in locating two cavers who got lost at Gargantua CavePDF south of Crowsnest Pass on Saturday, August 27th.
Crowsnest Pass RCMP received a call at approximately 11:30 a.m. from a man who had arrived at the cave – located roughly 16 kilometres southwest of Coleman in Ptolemy Mountain on the Alberta-B.C. border - with two friends at approximately 5:30 p.m. the previous evening.
The man told police that his friends were expected to arrive back at the camp between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., and were now overdue by several hours.
He said he had hiked with them to the entrance to the cave before deciding not to continue on, and that prior to his departure, he had watched his friends enter the cave and leave their hiking poles at the cave entrance.
When he awoke the next morning to find that his friends had not yet returned, he went back to the cave and found their poles still outside, indicating to him that they were either still in the cave or lost in the woods.
RCMP called upon Crowsnest Pass Rescue to assist, and a forestry helicopter which was in the area performed a flyover in order to determine if the men were lost in the woods near the cave.
RCMP and Rescue then spoke with a group of cavers who were about to enter the cave and advised them of the lost cavers, providing descriptions and names and asking them to watch out for them.
The group, which consisted of experienced and knowledgeable cavers familiar with the cave system, were expected to arrive back in four hours.
 

The Alberta Cave Rescue Organization (ACRO) was then contacted, who proceeded to rally volunteers from the area to assist in a cave search.
At approximately 4:45 p.m., the two missing cavers were brought out by the group of cavers with whom police had spoken.
The two men, who were both from Calgary and unfamiliar with the large and expansive cave system, indicated they had become turned around while exploring and were unable to find their way out.
The men were observed to be in good health with no injuries, although they were somewhat dehydrated.
The ACRO, along with other Alberta and B.C. caving organizations and Search and Rescue teams, will be hosting Exercise Dark Squeeze on the weekend of September 16th to 18th at Gargantua.
The interprovincial, multi-agency rescue exercise is expected to see between 80 and 100 volunteers and rescue workers come together to demonstrate and practice the skills needed to work on a large remote incident.
Registration for the exercise has been extended to this Friday, September 9th, and is open to all cavers, Search and Rescue volunteers, technical rescue teams, responding agencies, and rescue support organizations.
To register, or for more information, visit http://bit.ly/jVLgy6.
For a full story on Exercise Dark Squeeze, see next week’s Pass Herald.
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