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Vernon Search and Rescue come to aid of injured man on Christmas Eve

Vernon Search and Rescue activated its helicopter team on Dec. 24, 2017 to help an injured snowmobiler.
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December 26, 2017 - 2:15 PM

VERNON - Vernon Search and Rescue members dropped a few plans on Christmas Eve to assist an injured snowmobiler in the North Okanagan.

Spokesperson Leigh Pearson says they were called out by B.C. Ambulance around 11 a.m. on Dec. 24 to help a local snowmobiler in the Keefer Lake area. The man, in his 30s, suffered a back injury, Pearson says.

“B.C. Ambulance asked us to activate our helicopter crew to go get him because it’s the safest way to move someone with a back injury rather than take them across the bumpy ground,” Pearson says.

When they got to the subject, he was able to wiggle his toes, which is a good sign, Pearson says. He was flown to a waiting ambulance, and transported to hospital for treatment.

Pearson says the crew was back home by about 3 p.m. and adds he’s just glad the call didn’t come a day later. Fortunately, the volunteers were all able to spend Christmas Day with their families and enjoy some rest after a busy 2017. 

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