A biker was rescued off Campbell Mountain by Penticton SAR crew members on Wednesday.

A biker was rescued off Campbell Mountain by Penticton SAR crew members on Wednesday.

Biker rescued off Campbell Mountain

A 59-year-old man who injured himself mountain biking was rescued by Penticton Search and Rescue members Wednesday.

A man who injured himself while biking on Campbell Mountain was evacuated and sent to hospital on Wednesday.

Penticton Search and Rescue (SAR) were requested by BC Ambulance after a 911 call was received stating a 59-year-old man had injured himself mountain biking.

The nine SAR members called out to the scene were losing daylight, so SAR manager Dale Jorgensen ruled out the use of a helicopter.

A 4×4 rescue truck and two utility terrain vehicles were sent to the scene.

The injured man was located and a team of three medical first responders made their way up the mountain and escorted the man down to an ambulance.

The serious injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening according to a statement released by PENSAR.

The incident was the second medical evacuation response for the SAR team this week.

Another rescue saw 15 Penticton SAR members evacuate a man in his early 50s from the Skaha Bluffs after he suffered serious injuries following a climbing incident. The man was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital.

This marks the third rescue call to the Skaha Bluffs area for a medical evacuation by PENSAR this year. Randy Brown, public information officer for Penticton and District Search and Rescue, said there were two calls to the bluffs last year.

“In any kind of high-risk event you’re always going to have the potential of something going wrong,” Brown said.

“We’re lucky that Skaha Bluffs is close to the city, so our ability to respond is fairly timely,” Brown said.

Brown added that when people are heading out for high-risk activities to make sure to have a plan, take a first aid kit and make sure you bring some sort of communication device.

“Let people know where you are. One of the biggest things we’re finding is that people are sometimes relying too much on cell phone GPS. They’re not accurate, so we’ll get a coordinate on a cell phone GPS and it could be up quite a ways.”

Brown said for people taking part in outdoor activities, it’s good to invest in a standalone GPS device.


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