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Couple rescued from backcountry logging road

More than a dozen volunteers with Nanaimo Search and Rescue were called out to help a couple of teenagers who got stuck while driving on some logging roads behind Boomerang Lake Wednesday.

Kevin McNeill, SAR spokesman, said the group was called out at about midnight Wednesday to look for a teenaged boy and his girlfriend, who had gone off-roading earlier that day along the logging roads off Doumont Road – an area frequented by mountain bikers, recreational fishermen, hikers and off-road vehicles.

The girl called for help after the boy's truck became bogged down in some mud.

Five search vehicles went behind Mount Benson and found the pair around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on a logging road behind Boomerang Lake.

McNeil said volunteers winched the boy's truck out of the mud and everyone was home by about 4 a.m.

Driving on logging roads in the bush is not a good idea with just one vehicle because there is no way of pulling the vehicle out if it gets stuck, he added.

"It pays to have another vehicle there," McNeill said.

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