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Distress call leads police, Vernon Search and Rescue to mountains outside Lumby

Vernon RCMP detachment
May 19, 2015 - 11:16 AM

LUMBY - A pair of injured men were lucky to have a well-prepared outdoorsman come along after they crashed their ATV in a remote area outside Lumby.

The men were riding a two-person, side-by-side ATV on a forest service road near Squaw Valley Road outside Lumby on Sunday, May 17, when they hit a rut and rolled the vehicle, RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says.

The pair, a 48-year-old from Cherryville, and a 34-year-old from Kelowna sustained serious, though non-life threatening injuries. One had shoulder and rib injuries, and the other a hurt neck.

Luckily, a passerby happened upon the scene around 4:20 p.m. and activated a SPOT device, which sends emergency alerts to local RCMP detachments. North Okanagan RCMP received a distress signal somewhere in the mountains between Sugar Lake and Mabel Lake, and along with Vernon Search and Rescue and medical personnel began to scour the area.

When they located the men, one was flown to hospital by air and the other driven out by ambulance.

Molendyk says the men were travelling at a pretty good speed when they struck a water bar — a rut designed to aid in drainage — which caused them to lose control and roll the vehicle.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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