Manning Park rescue

Southern Interior Search and Rescue teams and 442 Rescue Squadron responded over the weekend to a Manning Park call for aid on Frosty Mountain.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Princeton Search and Rescue was alerted that a female hiker in her mid- 20s was requesting assistance due to a diabetic issue about 8 km up the Windy Joe Trail on Frosty Mountain. One of the group of hikers, from the Lower Mainland, descended down the trail to alert officials.

With weather conditions deteriorating, Princeton Search and Rescue requested the assistance of a Cormorant helicopter team from RCAF 442 Squadron in Comox.

With 442 squadron personnel en route, 30 ground rescue team members from Hope, Nicola Valley, Oliver –Osoyoos and Penticton along with Manning Park Staff gathered at the Manning Park Lodge to organize a ground evacuation if the air rescue proved to be too difficult.

In the early hours of Sunday morning with the weather conditions marginal, the 442 Squadron Team were able to locate the ill hiker and hoist her into the helicopter.

The hiker and her companion were airlifted down to the waiting ambulance staff at the Manning Park Lodge where she was treated by BCAS.

The Cormorant Team had to remain on site as the weather conditions with blowing snow prevented them from returning to base.



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