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Injured woman heli-rescued off popular Penticton climbing mountain

The climber was rescued from Skaha Bluffs and is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

A climber is in hospital after being rescued via helicopter evacuation off Skaha Bluffs on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Around 1 p.m., Penticton and District Search and Rescue (PENSAR) assisted B.C. ambulance and Penticton Fire in the rescue of the injured woman.

Penticton fire crews who were first on scene determined that due to the location of the injured woman, it would be best if PENSAR could evacuate her by air. Search and rescue manager Richard Terry sent two ground crews to Skaha Bluffs to assist with onsite staging and support to Fire and EHS personnel on scene.

PENSAR then deployed their helicopter rescue team to lift her from the climbing area to the park parking lot where she was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital. The climber’s injuries were determined to be not life-threatening, said Randy Brown PENSAR manager of operations.

This has been one of the busiest years for rescues and the second heli-rescue PENSAR has done at Skaha Bluffs this year.

In May, PENSAR had seven rescues in one week.

PENSAR also participated in the search for the couple who went missing on a day ATV trip near the Princeton-Summerland highway. That search ended tragically when the couple and their ATV were found down a steep cliff.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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