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Rescue beacon saves a life

An emergency beacon detected in Texas may have saved the life of an Edmonton man in a remote area east of Vernon.

The series of events began on May 7 when a 32-year-old Edmonton man attempted to paraglide from Lumby to Nakusp.

At some point he experienced a down draft that forced him to make a hard landing in the cut block of the South Fork Service Road area.

He suffered a broken ankle in the landing.

The man was equipped with a spot beacon which he activated.

The signal was detected by the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Montgomery, Texas, who contacted Vernon RCMP with the GPS location.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says no open roads were available to get to the area, meaning Air 3 had to be dispatched to look for the man.

"The helicopter was able to locate a parasail with a man near it, in a cut block area. The pilot was able to find a safe landing site and set the chopper down," said Molendyk.

The man was carried to the helicopter where he was airlifted to Lumby, then transported by ambulance to hospital.

"This man was fortunate to have planned ahead and been equipped with a spot beacon that he was able to activate and be rescued from the remote location," said Molendyk.


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