Penticton Search and Rescue Helicopter External Transport System (HETS) team.                                Submitted photo

Penticton Search and Rescue Helicopter External Transport System (HETS) team. Submitted photo

Injured man rescued from Skaha Bluffs

62-year-old male suffered a leg injury and evacuated by Penticton search and rescue and firefighters

An injured hiker was evacuated from the Skaha Bluffs on Tuesday by the Penticton Search and Rescue team and Penticton firefighters.

A 62-year-old male suffered a leg injury, possibly a fracture, around 11:30 a.m. that required a medical evacuation from the Red Tail climbing area.

While search and rescue mobilized a ground team and an air response, Penticton fire rescue sent in a crew on the ground to assess the patient/stabilize and provide medical support while awaiting the aerial evacuation.

By 12:30 p.m. the search and rescue HETS (long line rescue) team were able to land two attendants at the scene and then lift the injured man out to a nearby parking lot to an awaiting ambulance.

“It was another fine example of the response partnership we have with Penticton fire and the ability to work with BCAS. We appreciate the co-operation and teamwork that each agency brings when incidents such as this occur which results in a seamless service to the public,” said search and rescue manager Randy Brown.