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High-angle rescue and crashed motorbike kept West Kelowna fire department busy Friday

The West Kelowna Fire Rescue's utility vehicle.
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August 29, 2020 - 8:59 AM

It was a busy Friday night for West Kelowna Fire Rescue, who had to respond to two simultaneous technical rescue incidents.

A motorcycle crash on the upper end of Batley Road, Aug. 28, resulted in a single patient with an ankle injury, fire chief Jason Brolund said in a press release. That rescue required four firefighters used a UTV off-road vehicle to access this area and assisted B.C. Ambulance Service, who transported one patient to hospital.

Fire department staff also had to help two patients who were trapped in Bear Creek Canyon requiring a high angle rescue on Friday.

"Crews hiked into their location and worked alongside Central Okanagan Search and Rescue to locate the patients and perform the rescue from a steep canyon," Brolund said in a release. "The patients were uninjured but required rescue from a difficult location, in the dark."

Nine firefighters responded and used rope systems to lower into the canyon and bring the patients back up. Two males were wet and cold, but in good health. Shortly after 1 a.m. they were turned over to B.C. Ambulance for further assessment.

During this time, crews also responded to several other incidents including a natural gas leak, carbon monoxide alarm and smoke alarm activation in the Westbank area.

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