Five calls for help in six days
As the weather warms, Penticton Search and Rescue is increasingly being called upon to help lost and injured people across the region, responding to five calls in six days in the past week.
Shortly before 5:00 p.m. on June 18, PenSAR was called to evacuate an injured mountain biker in the upper Wilste.
Team members walked the area and, due to the steep terrain and location, determined an air evacuation was the best option. The subject was lifted from the mountain and handed over to BC Emergency Health Services.
The next day, PenSAR was again called. At approximately 8:00 p.m., they were asked to help the RCMP search for a lost man in the Lake Isintok area west of Summerland.
“Search teams worked through the night and by 5:30 a.m. located the subject safely but in the cold,” PenSAR reports.
On Tuesday June 21, the rescue team was again activated for a man lost in Penticton, but luckily he was found before the team put boots on the ground.
On Saturday June 25, PenSAR responded to a call for mutual aid from Princeton to a rope rescue call in the Stemwinder area.
PenSAR was conducting training in the APEX area at the time and was able to divert resources to assist Princeton in the rope rescue.
And then on Sunday, June 26 at 10:15 a.m., eight members participated in the air evacuation of an 11-year-old mountain biker from the Three Blind Mice cycling area.
“Crews were able to locate the injured portion and airlift the subject to BCEHS. Passenger injuries were not serious,” PenSAR reports.
As more people explore the outdoors as temperatures rise, PenSAR has some tips for staying safe:
- Take enough water with you, then some more, just in case.
- Wear a hat.
- Use sunscreen.
- Tell someone where you are going.
- Plan your route.
- If you get lost, stay put, don’t wander.
- Take an extra cell phone battery
- Wear or pack bright clothing or a signaling device so crews can locate you. (whistle was used on June 18 to locate the injured mountain biker) and from the air we need to be able to see you.
- Compass or map.
- Download an app like TrailForks which can be used to locate you if you need help.
- Visit AdventureSmart to find planning tips.