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Rescue group extracts sledder from Graystokes Provincial Park after heart attack

COSAR members load gear into a helicopter.
March 05, 2018 - 8:58 AM

CENTRAL OKANAGAN - A sledder who suffered a heart attack on the weekend is being treated in Kelowna General Hospital after rescue by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue.

It took a helicopter to extract the sledder, gender and identity unknown, and deliver them to hospital after a SPOT emergency beacon was activated around 2 p.m. Sunday, according to a press release from search manager Ephraim Nowak.

The rescue organization responded with 16 members, a snowmobile and UTV ground crew, which drove to Graystokes Provincial Park east of Kelowna.

Three members with advanced medical training flew in with a helicopter and pilot provided by Valhalla Helicopters.

A landing strip prepared by Kelowna Snowmobile Club members proved unnecessary as did a back up snowmobile crew and the patient was successfully extracted and flown to Kelowna International Airport then delivered by ambulance to the hospital.

The patients condition is unknown.

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