A lost dirt biker had to camp with his rescuers overnight after being found near Haeckel Hill on Tuesday.
According to police, the 31-year-old called for help with his cell phone around 5:30 p.m. He’d been out for a late afternoon ride and got lost.
After making the call, his cell phone battery died.
Members of the Yukon Search and Rescue and the RCMP started a ground search in the area.
A helicopter, on standby to fight wildfires, was also used to help narrow the search.
Searchers were able to locate dirt bike tracks in unmelted snowpacks, which eventually led them to the man just after midnight. He was not hurt.
It was too late to walk out, so a search-and-rescue member, RCMP Cpl. Cameron Long and his police service dog, Crash, set up camp and remained with the man until daylight.
They walked out to the Castle Rock Quarry and were picked up.
“While no one plans on being the object of a search a rescue, this particular individual helped ensure his timely rescue,” police said in a statement.
“He had a communication device, called for help when he realized he was lost. He stayed in one area after making the call, keeping the search field manageable and conserving his energy.”