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Kamloops Search and Rescue helps out injured mountain biker

May 23, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A group of mountain bikers in the Kamloops area "did everything right" when they realized an injured friend needed medical attention.

Kamloops Search and Rescue manager Alan Hobler says crews responded to a report of an injured mountain biker on Sunday, May 21.

Hobler said there was fear the injured biker was suffering from a spinal injury, but they friends he was biking with in the Jamieson Creek Forest Service Road area took good care of him and called for assistance.

"I think they did everything right," Hobler said. "They were equipped, they had a first aid kit, they stabilized him right away."

It was important they took these steps because it took searchers about an hour to locate the biker, Hobler says. He had been biking on side roads in the area.

It took the search and rescue team about 20 minutes to extract the injured biker.

That was the only rescue they responded to over the long weekend, Hobler says, although some members returned to Cache Creek to continue sweeping for clues in the search for missing fire chief Clayton Cassidy.

So far, nothing has turned up pointing to where Cassidy may be. He's believed to have been swept away in swollen creek waters nearly three weeks ago.

The search for Cassidy, a beloved member of the Ashcroft and Cache Creek communities, was deemed a recovery mission days after he was reported missing.

Hobler says crews will continue to go out to Cache Creek when they can to aid in the recovery mission.

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