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Pair of Alberta hikers found dead below mountain ridge near Crowsnest Pass

Two missing hikers have been found dead at the bottom of a ridge in the area of Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta, RCMP said in a release Friday.

The two men, aged 34 and 35, were located by search and rescue crews at the bottom of a ridge at Mount Coulthard, about 12 kilometres southwest of Coleman, Alta. 

Their bodies were recovered with help from a long-line helicopter brought in from Fernie, B.C.

The men had been hiking along North York Creek Plane Crash Trail the day before their bodies were discovered.

City officials in Lethbridge identified one of the men as Greg Gaudette, who was a member of that community’s fire and EMS team. 

“Flags will be lowered at City Hall and our five fire stations in his honour,” the city said in a release.

In a statement to CBC, public information officer Stuart Brideaux said the second man, AHS EMS employee Jonah Swen, was an advanced care paramedic, emergency department nurse and a dedicated member of the AHS Emergency Services family.

Brideaux said Swen was from Calgary. 

“We share our deepest condolences to the families of those involved in this tragic incident. In his honour, flags will be lowered at all AHS EMS stations,” he said.

“With the permission of the family, we have shared this unfortunate news with EMS staff and are offering peer and mental health supports to ensure our staff are supported in this difficult time.” 

a map with a red drop pointing the location of Mt. Coulthard in southern Alberta near the B.C. border.
The bodies of two missing hikers have been recovered from Mount Coulthard, near Coleman, Alta. (Google Maps)

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