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Lost man, boy rescued from woods

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A WINNIPEG man and a 13-year-old boy spent several hours Sunday lost in the woods of southeastern Manitoba.

The RCMP said they received a 911 call just before 2 p.m. Sunday, stating the 43-year-old man and the boy were lost in the woods about eight kilometres east of Richer and south of the Trans-Canada Highway, in the Rural Municipality of Reynolds.

Cpl. Miles Hiebert said the RCMP used the cellphone's GPS co-ordinates to locate their vehicle but couldn't find the pair.

A ground search was initiated, involving RCMP search and rescue, Search and Rescue Manitoba, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Manitoba Conservation. The two were found around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, taking refuge in a lean-to, Hiebert said.

"They got out of the elements and just waited," Hiebert said. "Our guys found them and they were OK."

Hiebert said anyone hunting or hiking in the wild should take precautions.

"They should be prepared with emergency equipment because even a short trip can go wrong," Hiebert said. "Leave a plan with someone and if you do get lost, sit and wait and help will come."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 13, 2012 A4

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