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Injured cyclist rescued by helicopter in Penticton

Rescue marks fourth call since May 8 for Penticton Search and Rescue
An injured cyclist was rescued via a Penticton Search and Rescue helicopter on Friday, May 10. (Photo- PENSAR)

An injured cyclist was rescued via helicopter in the Three Blind Mice area of Penticton on Friday, May 10.

Penticton Search and Rescue (PENSAR) responded to the injured individual at around noon, who was on the Bronco Trail.

Its response marked the fourth time since Wednesday, May 8, that PENSAR has been called for a rescue.

After Penticton fire crews provided mutual aid and contacted the cyclist, an initial assessment determined that there was a need for a helicopter long-line extraction, PENSAR said.

“The Penticton SAR helicopter team, Eclipse Helicopters, and three ground teams were dispatched to the site to evacuate the cyclist to B.C. Ambulance Service,” representatives from the search and rescue team said.

The cyclist was stabilized, packaged into a stretcher, and attached to the long line for transport to a landing zone at Penticton’s D’Angelo Estate Winery. The transfer to BC Ambulance was successful, PENSAR added.

Kelvin Hall, search and rescue manager, thanked the cyclist’s friends, local fire crews, B.C. Ambulance, Eclipse Helicopters, D’Angelo Estate Winery, and PENSAR for their efforts.

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