Airlift for injured sledder

A snowmobiler had to be rescued from the Owls Head area after he was injured Saturday, March 26.

  • Mar. 29, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Another snowmobiler had to be rescued from the Owls Head area after he was injured Saturday, March 26.

About 11 a.m. Shuswap Search and Rescue (SAR) was called out via a spot beacon activation for an injured snowmobiler on Owl’s Head Mountain.

After an assessment, it was determined that the terrain to access the patient was too difficult for an extraction by ground crews.

The Vernon winch helicopter was called in to extract the injured man and deliver him to Kelowna General Hospital.

The man suffered three severed fingers and a mangled hand.

As a backup, five team members of Shuswap SAR and two members of the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club went up the mountain as well, in case the helicopter was unable to complete the rescue.

Shuswap Search and Rescue extended their thanks to the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club members, the Sicamous RCMP and the Vernon winch helicopter team for their dedication.

This is the third instance this year where Search and Rescue has been called to the Owl’s Head area.

On Jan. 26, two sledders had to be rescued from the area when their sleds became stuck in a ravine.

On March 8, a 34-year-old solo snowmobiler was killed following an avalanche in the area near Morton Lake.

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