PENSAR to the rescue

Despite not having an accurate location, Penticton Search and Rescue still managed to find and rescue an injured mountain biker Saturday.

Randy Brown, with PENSAR, said at 4 p.m., BC Ambulance requested assistance with a medical evacuation of an injured male mountain biker in the Max Lake Road area (West Bench area of Penticton).

“The male subject, who had been biking alone, had fallen from his bike and had sustained a severe head injury and had lost consciousness for some time,” said Brown. “A passing mountain biker found the injured biker and was able to call 911 but was unable to provide dispatchers with an exact location other than they were up Max Lake Road on a mountain bike trail.”

With minimum details, PENSAR responded with an air rescue and a ground team on all terrain vehicles to the area. Communication was then re-established with the initial 911 caller who was able to meet rescuers on Max Lake Road.

The injured 67-year-old man was located and transported by all terrain vehicle to a nearby ambulance and then to Penticton Regional Hospital.

Penticton & District Search and Rescue encourage users of backcountry cycling trails to download the Trailforks App which is a mobile companion to the Trailforks.com website. It allows the cycling user to download offline trail maps for use on rides, add data, have the latest trail info and assists with emergency location.

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