(Thetis Lake/Photo by JackFlash.Photography)

The search for a hiker who called 911 after getting lost was delayed significantly when they chose to ignore the dispatcher’s instructions.

At around 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 31st, West Shore RCMP received a call about a hiker who had gotten lost at Thetis Lake after sunset.

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The 911 dispatcher who answered the call advised the individual to stay where they are, as help was on its way. However, the hiker decided to ignore these instructions and kept walking around.

Because they continued wandering, West Shore RCMP and Metchosin Search and Rescue had to use phone tracing technology to try and find them, which delayed the process by several hours.

The hiker was eventually located at 3 a.m. on September 1st.

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“We want to remind anyone who is calling 911 to please listen to the directions of the Police Dispatcher,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar.

“Significant efforts were put into locating this lost hiker and the process would undoubtedly [have] been easier had the hiker stayed put.”