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Mounties escort stranded hikers off Tzouhalem

Local Mounties went on an unplanned hike Saturday night after a trio of hikers realized they were stuck on the top of Mount Tzouhalem.

The three hikers — two women, one man, all in their early 20s — had trekked up Tzouhalem but then realized they were not prepared to spend the night there, police said.

Shortly after 8 p.m., the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP police dog handler and his dog, plus another constable, hiked up the mountain and escorted the young hikers to safety.

“All parties were off the mountain before 11 p.m., (and there were) no injuries,” Const. Markus Lueder added.

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