Chopper helps rescue cyclist
An injured cyclist was airlifted from a mountain in West Kelowna Monday afternoon.
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue volunteers were called to Smith Creek at 3 p.m.
A mountain biker had fallen and injured her ankle, said Ephraim Nowak, president and search manager.
COSAR attended the scene with 11 members, including a newly formed mountain bike rescue team and ATV team.
“The initial response team on mountain bikes arrived at the scene of the injured woman and looked after her while the ATV team looked for an easier way to evacuate her from the area,” said Nowak.
“Due to the terrain, the decision was made to evacuate the woman by air using Vernon Search and Rescue’s helicopter winch rescue team, which was just returning from another rescue near Kamloops.”
The injured cyclist was airlifted from the mountain and transported to the wildcat helicopter base, where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to Kelowna General Hospital.