WATCH: High-stakes Comox Valley rescue after a hiker falls off a ridge in Strathcona Park and is seriously injured
A daring rescue took place on a Comox Valley mountain top Saturday after a hiker fell of a ridge and suffered serious injuries.
It took three helicopters and two different search and rescue groups but they got the injured hiker down safely.
The call came in just after 10:30am Saturday.
Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue was told a hiker had sustained significant injuries on Auger Point Mountain in Strathcona Park near Buttle Lake.
The female hiker is said to have fallen about 20 to 30 metres off a ridge.
A RCMP helicopter took rescue personnel to the site to assess the patient.
A second team was then deployed in a second helicopter.
They prepared the patient for a high-stakes rescue.
Campbell River search and rescue was called in to do the long line rescue so that the woman could be moved off the ledge she was on and down to a waiting helicopter.
“A very steep location and that’s why the long line rescue is required,” says Paul Berry, Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue manager. “Two Campbell River members will be slung below the helicopter on a line and inserted down to where our team is with the subject. She has some pretty significant fractures at this point and the subject has been in and out of consciousness so this is a serious event.”
“It was pretty steep and we’re on a slope so lose rocks and everything,” says rescuer Sebastien Marcoux of Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue. “The patient was in a basket stretcher when they arrived and they transported her lower down the slope to where there was a flat surface where the helicopter was able to load and transfer down to here.”
The patient was taken from the helicopter to a waiting ambulance and then rushed to hospital.