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Mountain biker rescued

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.

The female rider has reportedly sustained multiple injuries including a broken nose and arm. 

A member from the group of riders says the female is an experienced rider. 

The woman reportedly crashed coming off of a jump. 

ORIGINAL: 10:53 a.m.

An injured mountain biker needed to be rescued from the Smith Creek area of West Kelowna Wednesday night. 

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue were called at 8:40 p.m. after a female rider who was taking part in a group ride crashed on the Santa’s Revenge trail. 

Spokesperson Ed Henczel said crews rushed to the scene with ATVs and used chainsaws to clear a path to get to the victim. 

“Her group did a really good job stabilizing her while we were called to the scene,” he said.

The woman has extensive upper body injuries and was taken to hospital.

It took crews almost an hour to get to the woman.

COSAR is working to get a new hall to store its gear so response times can be faster, said Henczel.

The group is hoping for something more central because members respond to calls from Peachland to Lake Country.

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