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LETTER: Thank you to our rescuers, locals for assistance

Editor: I went heavy bush hiking near Gap Lake June 3rd and I ran into a large grizzly that was about 10 to 20 yards away.

Editor:

I went heavy bush hiking near Gap Lake June 3 and I ran into a large grizzly that was about 10 to 20 yards away. I was with my roommate, who was born and raised in Canmore. He assured there would be no bears, but sure enough we ran into a huge grizzly.

I told him, "there's a bear!" He turned to me and said, "that's not a bear, that's a grizzly!"

I asked what we should do and he said, "run!"

My roommate and I are new to the area and went to the Bow River, with Dead Man's Flats on the other side. We eventually made it to the river and he yelled for help. A voice answered and said they would call for help, but they never did. It was nightfall and both of us were diabetic and mild hypothermia set in.

I thought we should go back, but he didn't think so and we waited two hours for help. My roommate started yelling for help and finally another family came to the other edge of the river and called 911.

Kananaskis Country Public Safety came to get us with their river boat. I want to find the people that saved our life as if it wasn't for them, we would not be alive.

I believe you can find them through their 911 call and the report for two hikers saved.

Please help me thank these people. I just want to thank the people who saved us and stayed with us until we got rescued. Thank you so much.

Brian Bowdridge,

Calgary