British Columbia: Hiker rescued by helicopter


A 27-year-old man was stranded overnight on a mountain north of Coquitlam before being rescued by a helicopter long line on Sunday.

Yashar Keramati, who lives in South Africa, arrived in B.C. just three weeks ago to visit his parents, who live just across the street from the start of Goat Trail, which leads to Munro Lake on Burke Mountain. He went out for a run on the trail around 4 p.m. PT Saturday and was expected to return at 8 p.m., his parents said.

“He was not prepared,” said Al Hurley, search manager for Coquitlam Search and Rescue. “He doesn’t know the area, has nothing with him in the way of supplies. He left his wallet, cell phone, water, food, everything back home.”

When Keramati did not return by 10 p.m., Coquitlam RCMP was called. His father, Kamal Keramati, said his son is “in good shape” and simply wanted to go out for some exercise. “He normally goes for runs or for walks. He runs 20, 30 kilometres. But he didn’t know this trail and it’s not the right place to run.”After a fruitless overnight search, RCMP contacted Coquitlam Search and Rescue.

Keramati was spotted perched on a cliff above a waterfall around 8 a.m. Sunday, and shortly after 10 a.m., a North Shore Rescue helicopter rescued him with a long line. “When we spotted him from the air, he had no shoes on and no shirt, which he was using to get our attention standing on about a 200-foot cliff on a very narrow ledge,” said Hurley. “Above him there’s another 20, 30 feet to a ledge. It looks like he slid down these bushes to get to this ledge ,so very precarious. He’s been out all night, probably not slept, lots of bugs out, so he’s probably very fatigued. It’s a real dicey spot.”

On Sunday, Keramati’s mother Zohreh was overjoyed. “I’m so thankful … and just so happy, so happy,” she said. “I really appreciate the work, the people, the rescue team. I’ll never forget that.”

Keramati was brought to hospital, but doesn’t appear to have any major injuries. Hurley says people, whether they are heading out for a hike or simply a run or a walk, must leave home better prepared. “If you’re going into the mountains and you don’t know the areas, don’t go alone,” he said. “Take the essentials … leave a trip plan, know the definite routes that you’re taking.”


Original article: CBC.CA