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Injured climber removed by long line from Skaha Bluffs

Members of Penticton and District Search and Rescue and about a dozen climbing enthusiasts were able to get an injured 43-year-old woman to safety Friday evening after she was hurt at the popular Skaha Bluffs climbing area. The woman was retrieved by long line extrication by an Eclipse helicopter, flown to a waiting ambulance and taken to Penticton Regional Hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.  - Photo contributed
Members of Penticton and District Search and Rescue and about a dozen climbing enthusiasts were able to get an injured 43-year-old woman to safety Friday evening after she was hurt at the popular Skaha Bluffs climbing area. The woman was retrieved by long line extrication by an Eclipse helicopter, flown to a waiting ambulance and taken to Penticton Regional Hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
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A 43-year-old woman was airlifted by long line extrication from a section of the Skaha Bluffs climbing area known as the Red Tail zone after an accident Friday.

The woman suffered undetermined injuries in the incident and the assistance of Penticton and District Search and Rescue (PENSAR) was requested by the B.C. Ambulance Service to remove her.

According to PENSAR spokesman Randy Brown, 14 rescuers were called out with 12 responding to the scene and two members of the helicopter external transport team (HETS) going to Penticton Regional Airport to ready the Eclipse Helicopter.

The PENSAR ground team, with the assistance of about a dozen climbing enthusiasts, made their way over the treacherous terrain with the necessary medical supplies to stabilize the victim and prepare to be taken out.

The HETS member was lowered to the site at about 7:40 p.m. and by 8 p.m. the woman was being airlifted to the bluffs parking where the ambulance was waiting.

 

 

 

 

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