Hiker removed by helicopter from Skaha Bluffs – Okanagan

Hiker removed by helicopter from Skaha Bluffs – Okanagan

A hiker in the Skaha Bluffs area of Penticton was airlifted to safety Sunday after running into some trouble in some difficult terrain.

Penticton Search and Rescue received a request shortly before 1 p.m. Oct. 10 to assist Penticton Fire Department with an evacuation where a hiker had injured her leg while hiking and needed help getting out of the popular hiking spot, PENSAR said.


Penticton Search and Rescue received a request shortly before 1 p.m. Oct. 10 to assist Penticton Fire Department with an evacuation where a hiker had become in need of help.


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Fire crews determined due to the location of the subject it would be best if PENSAR could evacuate the subject by air, PENSAR said in a press release.

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SAR Manager Richard Terry sent two ground crews to Skaha Bluffs to assist with onsite staging and support to Fire and EHS personnel on the scene.


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PENSAR then deployed their helicopter rescue team to lift the subject from the climbing area to the Park parking area where she was transferred to an ambulance and hospital for further medical aid.

The climber’s injuries were not determined to be life-threatening.


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