Signal aids ATV rescue operation

Two all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators were spot-on in their ability to help a pair of injured ATV enthusiasts Sunday afternoon

Two all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators were spot-on in their ability to help a pair of injured ATV enthusiasts Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 4:15 p.m. Sunday, a SPOT emergency centre in the U.S. reported a distress signal in the mountains between Sugar Lake and Mabel Lake near Lumby.

A Lumby RCMP officer attended to assist emergency health services and Vernon Search and Rescue personnel at an area near Squaw Valley Road.

“It turned out to be an ATV accident on a forest service road,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Two men, one aged 48 from Cherryville, and a 34-year-old man from Kelowna, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries after their side-by-side ATV rolled after contacting a cut in the road full of water.

Another pair of ATV operators came upon the scene and used their SPOT device to signal for help.

“One man had shoulder and rib injuries, the other had a neck injury,” said Molendyk.

The Cherryville resident was taken away from the scene by air ambulance, while the Kelowna resident was transported to hospital by ambulance.

 

Vernon Morning Star