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Busy day for COSAR

Viewer video by Nicole Gray shows part of the dramatic rescue.

The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team had a busy start to the week, as they were called out to two different emergencies on Monday.

Around 3 p.m. they responded to an injured mountain biker in West Kelowna, near Carre Road.

A man believed to be in his mid-20’s went off a 40-foot jump, on purpose, but he crashed as his bike broke apart on impact.

“He landed the jump perfectly, but the forks on his bike snapped, and he ended up going down and landing on the right side of his face and on his chest,” says Duane Tresnich with COSAR.

“The injuries were quite severe that once BC Ambulance got in there, it was decided that we were going to fly him out through our helicopter rescue team.”

The mountain biker was flown to a waiting ambulance, where he was transferred to KGH.

Later that same evening COSAR was again called after two people became lost near Westside Road.

“A couple of kids went up exploring the area around Bear Creek in a small car and ended up getting stuck in one of the snow packs,” says Tresnich.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t find them very quickly because the information that was being passed from his phone (was not accurate) and when we pinged his phone, put him 20 kilometres away.”

The pair was finally picked up around 4:30 Tuesday morning.

“They were a little hungry, a little cold, but besides that they were fine.”

Tresnich has some words of warning for people exploring the back country: Don’t solely rely on a phone’s GPS, and make sure you carry enough food and water to get through the next 24 hours in case disaster strikes.

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