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Young man stranded during hike in Horseshoe Bay, misses ferry
A 21-year-old man looking to stretch his legs while waiting for a ferry in Horseshoe Bay wound up having to be rescued from a steep cliff on Tuesday evening.
Shortly before nightfall the Gibsons resident hiked up a short trail at the south edge of Horseshoe Bay.
At 9 p.m. West Vancouver police were called to help rescue the man who was stuck on the steep slope of a ridge overlooking the water. An officer made voice contact with the hiker, but the treacherous terrain prevented rescuers from walking the man out.
West Vancouver Fire and Rescue crews, using a rope rescue system, reached the man shortly before midnight. He was taken to Lions Gate Hospital as a precaution.
The incident serves as a reminder that even the shortest hikes can become hazardous if you are unfamiliar with the area, said West Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Const. Jeff Palmer.