Yellowknife

Disoriented Vee Lake hiker found by police dog


A hiker who got lost on the Ranney Hill Trail outside Yellowknife required police assistance to get home safely, RCMP said on Thursday.

Just after 9pm on Wednesday, police responded to a call suggesting a 38-year-old woman hiking the trail alone was struggling to reach safety.

"After being disoriented and because the darkness was settling in, she could not find her way out. She called a friend for help, who redirected the request for assistance to the RCMP," said police in a statement.

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"RCMP members, with the assistance of NT RCMP Police Dog Service, went out to Vee Lake Road.

"The RCMP police dog located the hiker shortly after on the trail and she was brought to safety, with no injuries."

Staff Sergeant Yannick Hamel, operations manager of the Yellowknife RCMP detachment, said: "We are thankful we found the hiker safe and sound.

"RCMP would like to remind people to always tell a friend or family member where you are going and ideally, to not go out alone.

"Also, make sure you dress appropriately for the weather and carry a communication device."

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