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Penticton search crews rescue mountain biker and hiker on weekend

FILE PHOTO - Penticton Search and Rescue responded to three calls for assistance this past weekend, May 25 to 26, 2019.
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May 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

PENTICTON - Penticton Search and Rescue volunteers were kept hopping this weekend with call outs to rescue an injured hiker, and the rescue of an injured mountain biker. 

Search and Rescue spokesperson Randy Brown says just after 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, they were called to aid an injured mountain biker in the Three Blind Mice trail system near Penticton.

The injured woman was found quickly, in part due to the use of the Trailforks mountain bike mobile app by the woman’s companions, Brown says in a media release. The Trailforks app alerts emergency personnel and provides searchers with and exact location of the injured party.

Due to the woman’s injuries and location in rough terrain, it a helicopter was called in to rescue the woman with a long line. She was transported to a waiting ambulance.

Penticton Search and Rescue also responded to a call for assistance on Sunday, May 26 when a 43-year-old man hiking in the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park area was injured around 6:12 p.m. The helicopter team was employed to extricate the man, who was then transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Brown says a rescue team was also deployed on Sunday afternoon to help out Oliver/Osoyoos rescue crews but the call was cancelled on their way to the incident. 

He recommends anyone going into the woods or adventuring on the region’s many trails to have the Trailforks app handy, saying it provides an exact location for searchers, assisting them in their rescue efforts.

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