Injured climber rescued

An injured Vancouver climber was successfully rescued from Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park Saturday afternoon.

Officials with Penticton Search and Rescue scrambled a 12-person team to deal with the injured woman after receiving a call from the Provincial Emergency Co-Ordination Centre just after 4 p.m.

PENSAR sent out two rescue trucks with ground teams as well as a three-person helicopter long-line evacuation team.

"Two Pensar members hiked into the Skaha Bluffs to attend to a 30 year old female who was suffering from a suspected lower limb fracture while awaiting arrival of the helicopter evacuation," said duty manager Kelvin Hall.

"The subject was airlifted out of the Bluffs area to an awaiting ambulance where she transported to Penticton hospital for further medical care."

Prior to the arrival of PENSAR, other climbers in the area came to the aid of the victim.

Jeff Newhouse who was one of those in the area, told Castanet News he heard a large crack which sounded like a rock falling, followed by painful screaming.

"The crack we heard was her left fibula and tibia snapping," he said.

"We all helped to calm her down, splint her leg and keep her from going into shock while waiting for Search and Rescue to arrive."

He said SAR got to the woman about an hour after the accident.

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