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Injured snowmobiler fires flare to aid rescue

Revelstoke SAR

Despite being seriously injured, a snowmobiler in British Columbia, Canada, still managed to fire a flare, which led to his rescue.

Shuswap Search and Rescue and Revelstoke Search and Rescue Helicopter Evacuation Transportation Systems were called to assist BC Ambulance to help the injured sledder, who was suspected of having a broken back, in difficult terrain.

Search manager John Schut said the snowmobiler suffered a serious injury near the Skinny Ridge area off the Owlhead trail system, reports the Salmon Arm Observer.

Despite suffering spinal damage, the sledder was able to fire a flare alerting other snowmobilers in the area who came to his aid and called for help.

The injured man was airlifted to Revelstoke and then taken by ambulance to the hospital in Vernon.

Revelstoke Search and Rescue says, “Huge thanks to our friends at the ECC, BCAS, and Selkirk Mountain Helicopters, and of course our awesome volunteers.”

The image is courtesy of Revelstoke SAR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RevelstokeSearchAndRescue/

Apr 24, 2018