A mother and son who got lost on a hike in Goldstream Park on Sunday utilized a deactivated cellphone to call for help.

On Sunday, West Shore RCMP said they received a 911 call just after 6:00 p.m from a 15-year-old boy stating that he and his mother were lost in Goldstream Park after venturing off the trails.

The hikers didn’t have supplies, no food or water. They were wearing flip flops and had no hiking experience, according to the RCMP.

The cellphone they were carrying had no service plan and could not make phone calls. However, deactivated

But after the pair realized that deactivated cellphones can still call 911, the called for help, and the operator told the hikers to stay where they were and call 911 every 30 minute for an update until a Search and Rescue team found them.

“GPS coordinates were obtained for the cellphone, and the Search and Rescue team were able to successfully locate the pair and escort them back to the campground without sustaining any serious injuries”, states Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for West Shore RCMP.

The two were found by the team within a couple of hours.

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