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Injured snowmobiler rescued near Peachland

The equipment used by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue members during a winter operation are pictured during a training exercise in this file photo. A snowmobiler was rescued overnight Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in the Headwaters area west of Peachland after falling off his machine and severely injuring his back.
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February 28, 2015 - 2:50 PM

PEACHLAND – A snowmobiler is recovering in hospital after falling off his machine and suffering serious injuries.

Just before midnight, Friday, Feb.27, volunteers from the search and rescue outfits in Kelowna and Penticton responded to help ambulance paramedics get to the injured man who had been snowmobiling in the Headwaters area west of Peachland.

The man seriously hurt his back and had some minor cuts and bruises, according to a media release from Central Okanagan Search and Rescue.

He was with a friend who called 911 and started a fire to keep in injured man warm.

“His companion made a big difference,” search manager David Crawford says in the release. “By being prepared and staying with him and keeping him warm he delayed hypothermia and shock, both very dangerous conditions that could have made the situation considerably worse.”

The injured man was evacuated to a waiting ambulance and taken to Kelowna General Hospital.

This map shows the general area where the rescue was conducted, not the exact location of the injured snowmobiler.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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