Mounties helped rescue two men, a woman and a five-year-old child lost in the wilderness during what police believe was an attempt to illegally enter the United States through B.C.

RCMP received a cellphone call on Sunday reporting a group of Mexican nationals in distress on a mountain in the Washington state-B.C. border.

An off duty Spanish-speaking RCMP officer who was in the Keremeos, B.C. area helped contact the group but was able to obtain only limited details of their whereabouts.

A ground and air search of the border region was conducted and the four were located early in the afternoon the following day in a remote and mountainous area in Washington state.

They were medically assessed by U.S. authorities and interviewed.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the group is believed to have been attempting to illegally enter the U.S.

“Given the time of year and terrain that they were found in, the group certainly put themselves at risk considering that they were not clothed nor equipped for an extended stay in the wilderness,” Moskaluk said.