Kayakers rescued from Norrish Creek

Search and rescue teams used a helicopter to pluck three stranded kayakers from Norrish Creek Monday morning.

Search and rescue teams used a helicopter to pluck three stranded kayakers from Norrish Creek Monday morning.

Three Kamloops kayakers were rescued by emergency responders Monday morning after spending a night on the east side of Norrish Creek.

The men were stranded when the creek’s water level changed and they were unable to safely negotiate the waterway.

They started their trip around 2:30 p.m. and were expected to be at the bottom by 5 p.m.

Friends began driving up and down the gravel road running parallel to Norrish, honking the car horn when the kayakers didn’t reach their destination. When the trio heard the sound, they shone flashlights towards the noise. Police were notified around 9:45 p.m.

Mission and Central Valley Search and Rescue teams were called and made a visual of the stranded kayakers around 10:20 p.m., but due to the steep slope, rescuers waited until daylight to attempt to bring the men out, said Mission RCMP Sgt. Miriam Dickson. A lack of cellphone coverage and the noise of the creek prevented communication, but it appeared they had a fire and would be safe to spend the night.

They were prepared for an emergency situation, added Dickson.

The men were in good condition and didn’t require any medical assistance in the morning, she said. All three were hoisted to safety with the help of the Chilliwack SAR helicopter around 10 a.m. Monday.

“Mission RCMP would like to use this example to remind the public who participate in outdoor activities of the importance of packing along the proper gear in the event of unexpected situations,” said Dickson.