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RCMP use tourniquet to save tourist hit by motorcycle

May 23, 2017 - 1:32 PM

WEST KELOWNA – Quick action by an officer may have saved the life of a 68-year-old pedestrian who was hit by motorcycle and seriously injured over the weekend.

The man was hit while trying to cross the road about 100 metres away from a controlled intersection on Highway 97 South and Butt Road on May 21 at 1:30 p.m, according to an RCMP release.

The man, who is visiting from Germany, was suffering severe blood loss and was given first aid treatment by witnesses until emergency crews arrived.

“One of our officers applied a tourniquet to the man’s severe leg wound,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “The officer’s prompt assessment of the situation and decisive actions taken may have saved the man’s life and likely contributed to the victim’s ongoing medical recovery.”

RCMP are still trying to locate the man’s next of kin in Germany and are looking witnesses who have not yet spoken to police. Contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

The 29-year-old motorcyclist from Kelowna was treated for minor injuries on the scene.

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