June 21, 2016 - 12:00 PM
PENTICTON - A cyclist stranded on wet, slippery terrain in the Three Blind Mice area was rescued several hours after he was injured last night.
Penticton Search and Rescue was called in to assist with the location and evacuation of a 44-year-old cyclist who was injured on a biking trail near Naramata around 9 p.m. yesterday, June 20.
Search and rescue volunteers were aided by members of the Penticton and Area Cycling Association, who led volunteers to the trail. The initial group located the injured cyclist, who was being attended to by his wife, around 10:30 p.m.
Search manager Dale Jorgensen says they did consider staying overnight with the subject and then calling for air support at first light.
“With the the terrain being difficult, darkness, slippery slopes from the rain and the injuries of the cyclist we did consider at one time spending the night with the subject and then calling in for air support to evacuate at first light. However we were fortunate to have enough resources on hand that we were able to load the subject into one of our stretcher-capable side-by-side UTVs and then carefully guide the evacuation team down safely from the trails to an awaiting ambulance by midnight,” Jorgensen says in a release.
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