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Preparation is key when riding your ATV

KELOWNA - Being well equipped for an emergency spared a stranded ATV'er a night out in the cold yesterday.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue were called out at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 to help a stranded ATV'er stuck on Little White Mountain south of Kelowna. The ATV'er had a GPS and Satellite phone. Because he was so well equipped he was able to both call for assistance and provide coordinates for the RCMP helicopter and the Search and Rescue ground team allowing them to search in the dark, if necessary.

Air 3 located the man and plucked him up from a tricky spot close to his ATV. He was then flown back to his truck. The ground team was told to head home as they reached the halfway point to the destination and the man was able to sleep in a warm bed. 

In a press release, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue stated would like to remind everyone that is going into the back country to make sure they have a way of communicating if something happens or to make sure you let a friend or family member know where you are going and when you will be back.  Please make sure you are equipped for extended stay in the back country if something happens, (like additional clothes, way to make a fire, extra food) and stay put.  Once we are called, we will come and get you. (for free)



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