It’s definitely been a long week for Ontario hikers Lynne Carmody and Rick Moynan.
While hiking a trail in the Cathedral Lakes area west of Keremeos, B.C., the pair was hit with some severe weather and had to take cover off the main path. When things finally cleared up again, it wasn’t long before the hikers realized they were completely lost.
When staff at the lodge where the elderly pair were staying realized they had never returned, they conducted a search and soon called the RCMP. Fourteen search-and-rescue volunteers and two helicopters were soon scouring the wooded area for the hikers, starting last Tuesday. But after almost a week of tireless effort, things were starting to look bleak.
The search was about to be suspended. In fact, rescue crews had just taken family members up to the mountain where the pair went missing so they could say their final goodbyes, according to the CBC. But in that moment, over the radio, a transmission came in.
“Subjects found…alive,” was all they heard.
You can only imagine the emotion.
“Absolutely amazed that after seven days they’ve survived this long,” Prince George Search and Rescue worker Jeff Smedley says in the video, above. “Right from ‘we can’t find them’ to ‘holy cow, there they are!'”
Interestingly, it was the lost pair who actually found the rescue workers. Carmody and Moynan managed to find their way out of the forest on their own and back to the lodge where they had been staying.
The secrets to the pair’s miraculous survival? They built a shelter in the woods and found access to water, but it’s still unclear exactly where or how they found it. In any case, rescuers note that by moving around, the pair actually hampered search efforts.
Fortunately, that didn’t seem to matter in this case.