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Oct 9th – BC Ambulance mobilizes PENSAR’s Helicopter Rescue and South Okanagan SAR ground teams to evacuate injured hunter in Ashnola River Valley

BC Ambulance and Keremeos RCMP were alerted around 11:00 A.M. today that a 39 yr. old male who was hunting with a group of 3 others near the US/ Canada border in the Ashnola River Valley (South of Keremeos) had suffered a serious cut and required immediate medical assistance and evacuation.

BC Ambulance immediately dispatched a BCAS Helicopter and also requested the assistance of Penticton & District Search & Rescue’s HETS (Helicopter External Transport System) Team to support the evacuation effort.While the Helicopter rescue was being deployed, 9 SAR personnel from Penticton, Keremeos and Princeton SAR also responded to the area to aid in the evacuation if the Helicopter teams needed further support.

Within 30 minutes of leaving the Penticton air base the Penticton HETS Team arrived in the area and located the hunting party. As soon as the Team landed the team of four SAR personnel hiked to the injured hunter, provided immediate medical aid, packaged and carried the injured male to the awaiting BCAS helicopter which airlifted the male to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment. The extent of the injuries and current status of the injured male are unknown at this time.

Randy Brown – Public Information Officer – Penticton and District Search and Rescue 250-488-8465
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