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West Kelowna residents in the Smith Creek area were witness to a late afternoon Helicopter rescue.

PENSAR Hets (Helicopter External Transport System) team was scrambled shortly after 2:00 PM after a request by BC Ambulance Service and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue to assist in a medical evacuation in the Smith Creek Area of West Kelowna.

Initially emergency crews from West Kelowna Fire and BC Ambulance Services were called early Monday afternoon after receiving reports of a 54 yr old male who had sustained neck and back injuries while on a mountain biking trek. First Responder crews hiked several kilometres to the scene and provided urgent care at the scene while senior officials assessed the best evacuation method. It determined that to evacuate the injured biker by foot it would require a increased number of resources and could last several hours. The BCAS incident commander made the request to initiate the HETS Team from Penticton.

Pat Simpson – A HETS Team Leader who was one of two HETS members lowered to the scene, found that the first responder teams had the subject already packaged and ready for transport. The subject was airlifted to an awaiting nearby ambulance and transported to Kelowna General Hospital.

Thanks to West Kelowna Fire, BCAS and Central Okanagan SAR.

Randy Brown

Public Information Officer

Penticton and District Search and Rescue