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Snowmobiler injured

A snowmobiler had to be rescued Saturday after riding off an embankment and severely injuring his leg.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue received a call just after noon to assist the BC Ambulance Service with retrieving the injured rider, who was snowmobiling with two others in the Greystokes area.

According to COSAR, the rescue was not as streamlined as they would have liked because the riders were not familiar with the area they were in.

COSAR pinged a cell phone to get the location, but an error showed the cell phone operator in the Lumby region where the group was not. 

A second attempt at pinging the phone did lead search crews to the correct location, but COSAR Vice-President Duane Tresnich says it is a good reminder that anyone going into the back country should carry a GPS in addition to their cell phone.

COSAR was in the middle of performing a training day and was able to respond with 21 members, however they were stood down on their way as the injured man was brought out by his friends to the waiting ambulance.

There is no update at this time on the extent of the man's injuries.





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