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Search underway for mountain biker lost in Mount Wells park

Mar 04 2012
The Metchosin search-and-rescue team plots the search for a missing mountain biker along Sooke Road on Saturday. 

The Metchosin search-and-rescue team plots the search for a missing mountain biker along Sooke Road on Saturday.

Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM, timescolonist.com, March 3, 2012

A search was underway Saturday night for a 21-year-old mountain biker who became lost exploring trails in Mount Wells Regional Park in Langford.

West Shore RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott Braes said the young man called his mother about 4 p.m. Saturday to let her know he was lost. She was telling him to stay put when his cellphone died. Police were informed at about 6 p.m.

Police do not believe he was in distress or injured when he phoned his mother.

"I guess there's a myriad of trails up there," said Braes. "But he's lost and it's dark and his cell phone has died."

Police have tried phoning him, texting him, even pinging his cellphone — which means locating the tower origin of the last signal the phone received.

"But the co-ordinates are taking us out into the strait," said Braes. "They're not as accurate as we'd like them to be."

Search crews used off-road quads in the area but hadn't found him. Initially, Langford fire and Metchosin fire were called out to help search. Around 9 p.m., search and rescue joined the search.

"I'm confident we'll find him," said Braes. "He may be a little cold. How long it's going to take depends on how far he's gone on his bicycle."

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