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Injured biker uses mobile app to send rescue crews her location

PENSAR sent 14 responders including their Helicopter Evacuation Team Saturday, Sept. 17, after being alerted that a 52-year-old female biker had injured herself while biking in the Three Blind Mice Area of Naramata.
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September 18, 2016 - 10:19 AM

PENTICTON - Yesterday, an injured biker was rescued by helicopter, with help from her mobile device.

Penticton Search and Rescue rushed to the aid of an injured 52-year-old woman who was biking in the Three Blind Mice Area of Naramata.

At 3:19 p.m. yesterday, Sept. 17, PENSAR was called to help emergency crews locate and evacuate the distressed biker from the off-road location, Randy Brown of PENSAR says today in a release.

She was using a trail mapping tool called "Trailforks." The biker used this cell phone app to send her location to rescue crews.

Brown says the Helicopter Evacuation Team flew in on an Eclipse helicopter to the biker's location. The biker was assessed on-scene and transported to the hospital by emergency crews.

"We can attribute this timely response today to all of the pre-planing and practicing for this type of event we have done with local EHS, Penticton Fire Dept., PACA (Penticton & Area Cycling Association) and the use of the trail mapping app," Dale Jorgensen of PENSAR says. "Planning, training and working collaboratively benefits everyone and today was a test to show it is working.”

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