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Beach rescue

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) were called to rescue a man with a broken leg from a beach, on the Westside, Monday night. 

At 7 p.m. the BC ambulance (BCAS) service contacted COSAR and asked for assistance in performing the shoreline rescue. 

The man in his 40’s had been out horseback riding along a small beach about 1.5 km north of Okanagan Lake resort when the horse got spooked and threw him, breaking his leg.  Due to the location of the beach and the limited access to it, BCAS requested the use of COSAR’s rescue boat the 'Sweatman'. 

COSAR responded with five members and the rescue boat to the man's location.  Once on scene BC ambulance personnel and a COSAR medical team stabilized the male before loading him onto the boat. 

He was then transported back to Kelowna where he was transferred onto a waiting ambulance at the Water St. boat launch and taken to KGH.

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