A woman was hoisted from the side of a mountain by search and rescue crews after she was injured while hiking in the Comox Valley over the weekend.
Comox Valley Search and Rescue says it received a call just after 1 p.m. Saturday to assist with the rescue of a woman who suffered head and hip injuries while hiking on Alone Mountain, near Cumberland.
“She was in a party of three experienced hikers and was using a rope to come down a steep section when she actually swung sideways on the rope like a pendulum hitting the rocks,” said Comox Valley SAR Manager Paul Berry.
Crews assessed the woman and packaged her in a vacuum splint before moving her downslope for a hoist rescue, assisted by North Shore Search and Rescue.
She was then transferred to a waiting ambulance at Courtenay Fish and Game.
The Comox Valley SAR members were dropped onto the mountain by RCMP air services using hover techniques, as no landing zone was available. Eight members of Campbell River Search and Rescue also assisted in the operation.