Rescue an overnight ordeal

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue members were involved in a marathon operation responding to a woman in distress at a lodge near Pennask Summit on Sunday.

They ended up spending the night at the lodge in a rescue that took 15 hours to see through to completion.

The COSAR team was called in Sunday night to assist BC Ambulance paramedics in evacuating a female in medical distress from the lodge.

Kelowna Snowmobile Club members went into the area along with COSAR.

Once the patient was evaluated, a decision was made to maintain her in stable condition overnight and wait for air ambulance evacuation at first light. The alternative would have been a bumpy, 12-kilometre snowmobile ride.

The extent of the woman's injuries was not released.

COSAR members stayed on scene through the night, prepared a landing zone, and the patient was flown to Kelowna General Hospital Monday morning.

“What initially seemed like a routine call turned into a lengthy overnight rescue,” said search manager Ephraim Nowak. “The patient required careful observation, but was in stable condition.

"Although it meant spending a few additional hours in the field, this option allowed us to provide the best standard of care for her. Conditions were favourable, risks were minimized, and the outcome exceeded our expectations.”

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