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Hiker injured in West Kelowna

The Mount Boucherie Trails in West Kelowna.
August 16, 2020 - 3:37 PM

A hiker fell 100 feet from the top of Mount Boucherie this morning, setting into motion a phyiscally challenging rescue.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Brent Watson said at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16, West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a rescue call on top of Mount Boucherie.

"A hiker had fallen 100 feet below the summit, and severely fractured her ankle," Watson said in a press release. "The rescue, although not technically difficult, took place over more than two hours, and required WKFR crews to hike to the top of the mountain carrying medical equipment and a stretcher."

Watson said extreme heat and sun exposure made the rescue physically challenging, with the patient being carried in a stretcher all the way back down the hill to a waiting ambulance.

The patient is in stable condition at Kelowna General Hospital.

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