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Oliver hunter rescued after ATV accident

Penticton Search and Rescue team rescued a stricken Oliver hunter who suffered a leg injury in an ATV incident yesterday, Oct. 17, 2018.
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October 17, 2018 - 10:41 PM

PENTICTON - An injured hunter is safe today, thanks to the efforts of Penticton Search and Rescue.

The Penticton unit was notified shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, Oct. 17, of an Oliver hunter who needed medical assistance after his ATV overturned.

It was believed the 65 year old had suffered a fractured leg. The search and rescue team were able to locate the man with the help of Keremeos RCMP, who were able to find him using the man's cell phone signal.

The incident occurred in the mountains east of Oliver. Once located, the hunter was airlifted back to Penticton where he was transferred to an ambulance.

His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

Penticton Search and Rescue spokesperson Randy Brown said in a press release issued last night, Oct. 17, the early afternoon timing of the incident worked in the search and rescue team’s favour in that there was sufficient daylight to allow use of a helicopter to rescue the man.

Brown says those using the back country should have a plan and tell others what their intended schedule is. Travel with a buddy, carry a GPS and a signalling device, and be prepared with warm clothing and food and water when using back roads, especially during shoulder seasons when hypothermia can be more of an issue.

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