Members of the Osoyoos fire department assisted two stranded hikers on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Osoyoos Fire Department)

Search and rescue say app helped save injured Okanagan mountain biker

Penticton group assists in incident involving a biker on the Three Blind Mice trail

Penticton and District Search and Rescue was called out to an incident involving a biker on the Three Blind Mice mountain bike trail system in the Naramata area.

Kelvin Hall, PENSAR manager, said the team was stood down while enroute to assist the Oliver and Osoyoos search and rescue’s request for mutual aid on a rope rescue of stranded hikers only to be called out around 2 p.m. to help an injured female biker.

Hall said the mountain biker was on the Bronco trail in the south east corner of the Three Blind Mice trail when the incident occurred.

“The quick response to the rescue was aided by injured parties companions utilizing a mobile application called TrailForks – Mountain Bike to alert emergency officials and send rescuers the injured parties exact location,” said Hall.

Due to the injuries sustained and the the terrain, Hall determined that in the best interest of the patient that a ground stretcher team extraction would not be appropriate and deployed PENSAR’s helicopter long line extraction to lift the subject out of the area to an awaiting ambulance.

READ MORE: Two people injured on local trails

Hall reinforced that anyone going into the backcountry to to load the free app TrailForks – MountainBike whether you are riding a mountain bike, hiking or four-wheeling.

“Over the past few years rescuers have been aided locating injured parties who have been able to deploy the emergency alert tab on the TrailForks application which pinpoints the exact location of the injured subject to rescuers,” he said.

According to the Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue team, the fire department members were able to walk the stranded hikers out of the situation they were in on the initial call for a rope rescue. The fire department said there were no injuries and reminded that hikers need to be prepared when they venture out and know their limits.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Hello Santa! Art Walk says hello to big crowds

17 galleries and studios opened their doors last night to the public

South Okanagan crews ready for winter road maintenance

Not all roads in the region will be cleared at the same rate

LETTER: Phone scam has become annoying

Summerland woman has had repeated calls about refund

Summerland Festival of Lights will have schedule changes

Fireworks will begin earlier in the evening on Friday, Nov. 29

Penticton rink at the Ashley HomeStore Classic

Penticton skip Brad Wood met the Brad Gushue rink of St. John’s in the first draw

Fashion Fridays: Holiday outfits on a budget

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Revelstoke Burger Challenge will return says organizer

The event raised over $4,000 for Revelstoke Library’s learning lab

Mixed responses to proposed propane subsidy in Revelstoke

FortisBC is proposing an amalgamation of propane and natural gas rates

Interior Health boss tops public sector wage earner list

CEO Susan Brown received just under $350,000 in past year

B.C.’s largest catholic archdiocese names 9 clergymen in sex abuse report; probes ongoing

Vancouver Archdioces presides over 443,000 parishoners in B.C.

Salmon Arm women bring soccer to girls in Kenyan village

Cultural disconnections melt away with learning and laughter

Vandals on ATV damage outdoor skating rink in Shuswap

Damage delays preparations for ice surface in community park

LETTER: Pipeline process could not be speeded up

How do Justin Trudeau’s detractors think his government could more quickly complete the pipeline?

Tent city in Kelowna a saftey concern as winter approaches

B.C. law states a municipality cannot prohibit all public spaces from use as a temporary shelter

Most Read