Coquitlam crews rescue injured Maple Ridge man, dog near Buntzen Lake

A man and his dog, injured while hiking near Buntzen Lake have been saved by Coquitlam Search and Rescue. The pair spent the night in the woods after encountering some trouble on the Swan Falls trail. Sarah MacDonald reports.

A Maple Ridge man and his dog were safely retrieved by search and rescue crews after spending a chilly night on Eagle Ridge, not far from Buntzen Lake near Anmore.

Mike Niedzielski of Maple Ridge and his Bernese mountain dog Hunter were airlifted to safety Monday morning after being stranded Sunday on the Snow Falls trail.


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Niedzielski says he stumbled during an afternoon hike, fell backwards and bumped Hunter, who fell off a bluff.

He called for help at 9 p.m. after both had trouble walking.


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Members of Coquitlam Search and Rescue hiked to them at 1 a.m. but decided to wait until after first light for a helicopter rescue.

Niedzielski says he and his dog are doing much better and he plans to take Hunter to the vet on Monday.

“He does seem to be OK now and you know, God willing, I hope he is,” he said.

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