September 19, 2016 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Kamloops Search and Rescue was out on two more calls this past weekend as 2016 heads toward being the busiest year in the organization’s history.
The search and rescue team was out for both a search and a rescue, team manager Alan Hobler says.
Saturday morning, Sept. 17, saw the team out to search for a missing Cherry Creek teen who was later found in Kamloops.
“We had 18 of our own team out,” Hobler says. “There were five more from Logan Lake and one from Merritt.”
The search also included an airplane.
The rescue came on Sunday, after a mountain biker was reported injured on Harper Mountain on an advanced trail.
Hobler says the B.C. Ambulance Service was actually able to get to the injured person on their own before a rescue team assembled.
“Once B.C. Ambulance Service arrived up there they just walked to the subject and got to him,” he says.
As it was believed the injury might have included spinal injuries, Hobler says the person likely went to hospital.
A friend of the injured biker was the one who called for help. Hobler says this is a good example of the importance of going out with groups.
The weekend’s call outs means 2016 has seen around the same number of calls as any previous year.
“We’re definitely having a busier summer,” he says. “And hunting season can be busy.”
With more than three months left in 2016, Hobler expects it to be the busiest year ever for the search and rescue crew.
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