Mountain climber saved by Kamloops SAR

Image Credit: Submitted/KSAR

Kamloops Search and Rescue was called in to help rescue an injured climber from a rock climbing area near the Trans Canada Highway about 14 kms east of Cache Creek yesterday.

They joined the South Cariboo Search and Rescue to reach a Walhachin residents in his 40s who was free climbing with his son, who is in his early 20s, says Allan Hobler, search manager. They were in a known climbing areas but both were climbing without ropes, harnesses or even helmets early in the afternoon. The father of the group fell about six metres to a ledge about 15 metres off the ground. He injured his elbow and shoulder and was unable to climb any further, Hobler says. The son called 911 and B.C. Ambulance and the RCMP requested the assistance of search and rescue and rope rescue teams.

Fourteen members of KSAR and four from the South Cariboo team responded to the call out. The subject was hauled up a near vertical slope to a safer area and then, using hand lines, carefully walked down a steep slope to a waiting ambulance.

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