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Penticton Search and Rescue called twice on Saturday

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August 20, 2017 - 2:47 PM

PENTICTON - Because of two emergency situations on the weekend, Penticton and District Search and Rescue are encouraging people that frequency use cycling trails to download the Trailforks mobile app.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, Penticton and District Search and Rescue was called out twice to assist people injured in the backcountry, according to a release issued by Randy Brown a Public Information Officer with Penticton and District Search and Rescue.

Penticton & District Search and Rescue encourage the local users of backcountry cycling trails to download the Trailforks App which is a mobile companion to the Trailforks.com website. It allows the cycling user to download offline trail maps for use on your rides / add data / have the latest trail info and assists with emergency location.

A young woman was hurt yesterday around noon when she fell from her horse on the KVR Trail in the Kaleden area. As search and rescue members were preparing to attend, Kaleden Fire Rescue was contacted by the Emergency Health Dispatchers from Kamloops who were able to respond and assist with the evacuation.

Later, at 4 p.m. B.C. Ambulance called again to request assistance with a medical evacuation of a man in the Max Lake Road area (West Bench area of Penticton). The injured man was mountain biker who was alone when he fell from his bike and sustained a severe head injury. He lost consciousness for some time because of his injury and another passing mountain biker found him and called 911. The caller was unable to provide dispatchers with an exact location other than they were up Max Lake Road on a mountain bike trail.

Search and rescue responded with air and ground team on all-terrain vehicles. When the called re-established communication, he was able to meet rescuers on Max Lake Road. The injured man who was 67-year-old, was located and transported by all-terrain vehicle to a nearby ambulance and then to Penticton Regional Hospital.

For public safety, the Penticton & District Search and Rescue is encouraging people the backcountry cycling trails to download the Trailforks App which is a mobile companion to the Trailforks.com website. It allows the cycling user to download offline trail maps for use on your rides / add data / have the latest trail info and assists with emergency location.


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