Injured Penticton mountain biker rescued

Penticton Search and Rescue personnel stayed with an injured mountain biker last night, June 18, 2018, awaiting daylight to proceed with a helicopter evacuation.
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PENTICTON - A Penticton man is fortunate his calls for help were heard after suffering injuries in a mountain biking accident yesterday.

Penticton Search and Rescue spokesperson Randy Brown says they were notified of a man in distress around 10 p.m. yesterday, June 18.

Saliken Drive residents reported hearing someone calling for help in Ellis Creek canyon above their homes on Penticton’s east side.

Search and rescue members and RCMP attended the area where they detected a man calling from a ridge across Ellis Creek in the Wiltse Flats area.

A number of rescue personnel climbed into the area, locating a 47-year-old mountain biker with numerous injuries suffered after losing control on steep terrain.

With oncoming darkness, the searchers decided to remain with the man overnight before attempting to evacuate him.

Around 5:20 a.m. today, June 19, the man was evacuated by helicopter and taken to Kelowna General Hospital for further treatment.

An injured mountain biker is evacuated from a trail in the Wiltse Flats area early this morning, June 19, 2018.
An injured mountain biker is evacuated from a trail in the Wiltse Flats area early this morning, June 19, 2018.
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