POWELL RIVER (NEWS1130) – Powell River RCMP are crediting the skills of a crew made up of their members along with Search and Rescue for a successful yet precarious rescue near Centre Lake.

The Mounties’ Air 8 chopper was flown in to save two hikers who were stuck on an icy slope on Sunday, 5,300 feet above sea level.

Crew members were dropped off on the icy face at around 7:25 p.m. to treat one of the stranded hikers, who had a head injury.

About an hour later, the helicopter returned, but since the terrain was too dangerous, they were not about to land.

However, rescue crew managed to load the injured hiker, who was flown to Power River Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Rescue crews stayed overnight with the second hiker, and they were picked up from the mountainside by commercial helicopter the following morning.