Emergency crews rally to rescue hiker at Skaha Bluffs

Penticton Search and Rescue's helicopter team lifts a patient out of the Skaha Bluffs area yesterday afternoon, May 23, 2017.

PENTICTON - Penticton Search and Rescue along with Penticton Fire Department came to the aid of an injured hiker at Skaha Bluffs yesterday.

Search and Rescue Public Information Officer Randy Brown said in a press release last night, May 23, a call was received for a 62-year-old male suffering a leg injury in the Red Tail climbing area of the bluffs around 11:30 a.m.

Search and rescue mobilized ground and air response while Penticton firefighters sent in a ground crew to assess the man and provide medical support while awaiting rescue teams.

Search and rescue’s Helicopter External Transport System (HETS) dropped two attendants at the scene around 12:30 p.m., and were able to lift the injured man to a nearby parking lot where an ambulance was waiting.

The man’s injuries were determined not to be life threatening.

“It was another fine example of the response partnership we have with Penticton fire and the ability to work with BC Ambulance Service,” Brown said.

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