Central Okanagan Search and Rescue rescued injured snowshoer Sunday, the team's first call of 2022

COSAR rescues snowshoer

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue crews were at the Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club on the weekend, responding to their first call of the year — an injured snowshoer unable to make it out of the trail system on his own.

In a Facebook post, COSAR said the call for help came Sunday after the snowshoer hurt his ankle and couldn’t walk.

COSAR said the man was accompanied by two other snowshoers and their two dogs, and the group was able to stay warm with a small fire until help arrived.

Brian Stainsby, COSAR search and rescue manager, said the situation was “textbook.”

“The subject was well prepared, they lit a fire and were able to tell us their exact location,” Stainsby said.

According to the social media post, search and rescue crews worked with Kelowna Nordic to send in a snowmobile team and two toboggans to find the group.

“After riding seven kilometres on the Nordic trails, the team ditched their snowmobiles and pulled the sled a kilometre to the injured subject,” COSAR’s post said.

“A rope system was needed on the way back due to the steep terrain.”

According to COSAR, after getting back to the trailhead, the snowshoer went to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment.

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