Two young children became & # 39; miraculous & # 39; rescued from a Canadian forest after spending the night alone when their father left them to get help.
A 6-year-old girl, her brother, 7, and their father fell on a & # 39; steep, treacherous cliff & # 39; in a creek drainage area after being lost on Sunday on Mount Burke in British Columbia.
Search and rescue officials said the family, who was visiting from Georgia, was unfamiliar with the site and tried to fish in Munro Lake, but got lost.
An image released by Coquitlam Search and Rescue shows a volunteer who is bringing the 7-year-old boy through tall grass to a pending ambulance after he & # 39; was stranded overnight
The children follow their father to a car after they have all been released from the hospital on Monday afternoon. The brothers and sisters spent Sunday night in a wooded area after being lost during a walk
Although he was injured, the father left the children and made the climb to the alarm.
After walking about one to two kilometers, he found another walker with a cell phone and called search and rescue officers.
Members of Coquitlam Search and Rescue found the children just before 8.30 a.m. local time on Monday.
They were brought over the floor in a helicopter with a long line in the air, while their father waited with an ambulance to meet them.
Before he left them, their father stored them in warm clothes and told them to stay where they were.
Crews visited the children all night with the help of drones and a helicopter after the father's call for help around 7 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Coquitlam Search and Rescue manager Ian MacDonald told CBC News that the father did not want to risk taking his children when he asked for help because & # 39; it was a dangerous situation & # 39 ;.
The children are seen after the air has been brought to safety after a backpack and shoes led the rescue workers to find them on Monday at 8.30 am. Their father had left them to seek help and did not want to risk taking them while he climbed back up the mountain to ask for help
Footage from CTV News shows caregivers who wrap the children in emergency blankets before being taken to the hospital after having suffered minor injuries
He added: & # 39; This was really a wonderful rescue and a really positive result.
& # 39; You can imagine, all of us [searchers], we have children. It was really elation. This is a very rugged terrain where they were lost, so we were very, very grateful that they were found alive and unharmed.
& # 39;[The father] was not so familiar with the terrain, it was not at all on a track, so all the landmarks and signposts were really not there. & # 39;
A volunteer carries the boy, 7, through tall glass to a waiting ambulance to the hospital
Search and rescue teams spent Sunday evening to track down the children, using a drone and a helicopter to help
He said the children were cold but alert and suffered only minor injuries. They were taken to the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster for inspection.
He claimed that crews on the ground had seen a backpack and a pair of shoes that acted as a & # 39; trace of breadcrumbs & # 39; were that led them to the brothers and sisters.
MacDonald added: & # 39; It looked a bit like Hans and Grettel, we found some breadcrumbs along the way and one of them was the backpack. & # 39;
Coquitlam RCMP staff Sargent Paul Vadik said the father made the & # 39; difficult decision & # 39; had taken to leave the children on Sunday evening because he thought the climb would be too dangerous for them.
Coquitlam Search and Rescue manager Ian MacDonald told CBC News that the father did not want to risk taking his children when he asked for help because & # 39; it was a dangerous situation & # 39;
MacDonald added: & # 39; The children did a great job. And the father did a fantastic job of telling them, you know, "I want you to stay here."
& # 39; I suspect his response [to the rescue] is pretty emotional. & # 39;
MacDonald said the area around Munro Lake is safe if walkers stay on the trail.
However, he claimed that it is not unusual for people to get lost.
Bryan Moffatt and Brad Rennie, who both work with Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue, were part of the team that found the kids.
Rennie told CBC News: & # 39; They were invisible, much like a rock. They hid under a gray sweatshirt.
& # 39; After several phone calls, they actually responded and came out of the sweater and gave us the A-OK. & # 39;
Moffatt, who has children of the same age, said the children & # 39; very & # 39; were glad they were found. He added: & # 39; They were pretty smiley. & # 39;
Coquitlam Search and Rescue led the search and had help from North Shore, Ridge Meadows, Surrey and the Central Fraser Valley.
A police dog, a drone and a helicopter were also involved in the rescue attempt.
Their father was seen helping the children take a taxi when they were released from the hospital on Monday afternoon
McDonald claimed that the area around Munro Lake (photo) is safe as long as walkers stay on the trail, although it is normal for people to get lost
The mother of the children told CVT News that the children walk everywhere with their father.
She mentioned the effort of the search teams & # 39; amazing & # 39; and added that the family & # 39; very grateful & # 39; is for rescue workers.
The children's parents are originally from Georgia in the United States, but currently reside in Coquitlam.
In a chatter on Tuesday morning, Coquitlam Search and Rescue wrote: & # 39; It was a long night for Coquitlam SAR members and others looking for 2 lost children on Burke Mountain: a stressful search that ended this morning in a cheerful tone. & # 39 ;