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B.C. search and rescue crews continue to see a surge in calls

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Sandra Riches with BC AdventureSmart discusses the importance of planning ahead to stay safe in response to a recent uptick in hiker rescues.

B.C. search and rescue crews say they continue to see a surge in calls.

The BC Search and Rescue Association says volunteers performed 110 tasks during the first two weeks of July, a 50 per cent increase over the same time period last year.

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Last month, the BCSARA said volunteers were tasked to 50 calls in a week, many of which were related to dementia or mental health issues.

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Warmer weather and more of the economy reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic add an extra layer of risk.

Search and rescue teams have made repeated appeals this spring for added caution in the backcountry due to COVID-19.

— With files from Simon Little