Assistant chief for fire and safety Bryan Vinje waits for instructions as members of the Maple Ridge fire department search for two girls who were reported trapped in the river along the Lower Falls Trail in Golden Ears Park on Monday. Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS

Update with VIDEO: Close call in the water in Golden Ears Provincial Park

Maple Ridge fire responds to females trapped briefly in Lower Falls, in Gold Creek

Emergency crews were on their way to a call of two people trapped in the Lower Falls of Gold Creek in Golden Ears Provincial Park Monday afternoon.

But shortly after crews responded, calls came in saying that the two had managed to get out of the water themselves.

The girls had been hiking along the West Canyon Trail and became lost.

They attempted to cross the Gold Creek River on a log when it became too sketchy and they backtracked, crossing the river at another point.

Maple Ridge Fire Rescue and Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue, however, were on their way to the scene, and eventually found the pair walking along the Lower Falls Trail to the Gold Creek parking lot.

First responders reached them at about 5 p.m. They were uninjured.

Many people have died in Gold Creek over the years after falling in and being swept away by the frigid, white water.

In April, a man who was part of a group of jumping into a pool above Gold Creek Falls was swept away by the creek.


Hikers watch members of the Maple Ridge fire department get ready for a river rescue in Golden Ears Park on Monday. Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS

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