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Dirt biker found alive after going missing overnight in remote area near Squamish

Man survives harrowing overnight ordeal outside Squamish
WATCH: A Maritime man who went camping with friends survived a harrowing overnight stay in the backcountry near Squamish after a dirt biking trip went awry. Kristen Robinson has the story.

A dirt biker was found alive by RCMP and multiple search and rescue crews on Saturday after going missing the night before.

Crews were worried for the man’s well-being overnight after finding his bike and evidence of a spill in the remote area where he was camping.

Squamish RCMP said they were called to an area up the Chance Creek forest service road, about 28 kilometres north of Squamish.

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The 32-year-old New Brunswick native was reported missing after the man left to go dirt biking around 9:45 p.m. and failed to return. His girlfriend, who was camping with him and another woman, made the call around 11 p.m.

The man’s bike was found roughly 400 metres from the trio’s campsite, but he was nowhere to be found.

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As the search continued, RCMP said they believed the man may have sought help up the road after falling from his bike.

Squamish Search and Rescue were assisted by members of North Shore Rescue and search and rescue crews from Lions Bay, Coquitlam and Whistler.

Helicopter units were deployed along with heat-seeking technology.

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RCMP said the man’s girlfriend came to them around 11:30 a.m. Saturday to say he had called her cell phone.

The man told her he had hiked “a long distance” to the Squamish Valley and was being taken to hospital.

The man has since been taken to hospital for treatment, but it’s not known what his injuries are.

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Police said they will be investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and the man’s injuries.

They also gave praise to the search and rescue teams involved in the operation.

“We couldn’t have done it without them,” Sgt. Sascha Banks said in a statement. “This is the best possible outcome, we can’t stress enough about safety in our backcountry … be smart and be prepared.”

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