Chop­per helps res­cue cy­clist

The Daily Courier - - WESTSIDE WEEKLY -

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.

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