Evacuation of 2 off-trail hikers from Harvey drainage, and subsequent call on St Marks

On May 8th 2015 two hikers called 911 asking for help. The pair had lost the trail while coming down from the Lions. The pair relayed that they were stuck at the top of a large waterfall and unable to progress. Lions Bay SAR dispatched a team to the trail head, while concurrently contacting North Shore Rescue to ask for HETS (helicopter long line) mutual aid support. The pair were safely evacuated just before sunset.

A second call for a distressed hiker on St. Marks peak developed just minutes after the completion of the first. Because the HETS team was ready to go the hikers on St. Marks were also evacuated by helicopter long line, in an operation that was a race against approaching darkness.