Penticton search and rescue airlifts injured hiker off mountain near Peachland – Okanagan

An injured hiker in the South Okanagan was airlifted to safety on Friday afternoon.

According to Penticton and District Search and Rescue (PENSAR), a helicopter long-line rescue team rescued the female hiker off Pincushion Mountain in the Peachland area.

The hiker and her partner, PENSAR said, were approximately 30 minutes up a path from the trailhead, when she slipped and fell and suffered a severe lower-leg injury.

According to Penticton Search and Rescue, the hiker was 30 minutes up a path when she slipped and fell.

According to Penticton Search and Rescue, the hiker was 30 minutes up a path when she slipped and fell.


Penticton and District Search and Rescue

A call for help went out at approximately 3:45 p.m., said PENSAR, with B.C. Ambulance asking for assistance from search and rescue.

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PENSAR manager Dale Jorgensen said the hiker was in steep terrain, and that following an assessment, a helicopter rescue combined with ground-team support was deemed the best option for rescue.

“The aircrew were able to quickly locate the female hiker and airlift her out to a nearby ambulance unit, where she was transported to Kelowna Regional Hospital for treatment,” Jorgensen said.






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PENSAR urged anyone planning on hiking to be cautious during this time of park closures and physical distancing.

Provincial search-and-rescue teams responded to 19 calls last week, down slightly from the same week last year.


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