Lost hiker found “cold, wet, and hungry” but otherwise okay thanks to Clearview and Barrie Fire efforts

"Another great example to make sure you have a charged phone with you when venturing out," says fire cheif

It took about an hour, but Clearview Fire helped track down a hiker who got turned around in the woods.

The emergency service got the call about a lost hiker at Pretty River Provincial Park around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. The hiker called into the Barrie Fire communications centre, and call takers there are credited with being able to guide Clearview’s fire crews to the man’s location. The fire service had deployed its ATV and located the man on a snowmobile trail around 9:15, just an hour after his distress call.

Fire Chief Roree Payment tells Barrie 360 the man was cold, wet, and hungry but was otherwise uninjured. “Another great example to make sure you have a charged phone with you when venturing out,” added Chief Payment. “A great job by both Clearview fire crews and Barrie Fire communicators.”