On Sunday afternoon the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) group were called to rescue a woman on the Mission Creek Greenway.
COSAR was dispatched to assist the BC ambulance service and the Kelowna Fire Department in rescuing the woman who was having a mild cardiac issue. She was on the bypass area, in the 2nd phase, on the Mission Creek Greenway, off of Hollywood Road.
The woman was located at the highest point of the trail, which made it difficult to bring her down to an ambulance without the use of a rescue stretcher and a rope team.
Once on scene, the BC ambulance supervisor decided that a helicopter transport would be better for the patient. He called in the air ambulance and requested COSAR and the Kelowna fire department to stand-by in case the air ambulance was rerouted to a more serious call. The woman, who was conscious, was transported to the helicopter for a 5 minute flight to Kelowna General Hospital.
COSAR responded with 20 members, one truck and two ATV’s.
Duane Tresnich, Vice President/Media Relations Contact for COSAR says fortunately the call came in just as some members were heading back to the hall after taking part in the yearly Ski to Sea race as race officials and other members who took part within the race itself. So members were close to the staging area and were able to respond very quickly to the call.
"It was a very successful call in which all three emergency services worked together and got the woman safely to the hospital," says Tresnich.