WATCH: In the video above, Geoff Hastings speaks with Captain Julian White about the rescue on BC1.
A teenage hiker had to be rescued by Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter after he fell approximately 600 feet.
The teen and a friend were hiking Thursday on the mountain near Creston, B.C. when the fall occurred. The teen’s friend called 9-1-1 and the military’s assistance was requested.
A Royal Canadian Air Force Cormorant helicopter and a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft responded from 19 Wing Comox on Vancouver Island. The hiker was located on a cliff, about 4,500 feet up the mountain. He had sustained severe injuries.
Getting the injured hiker off the face of the mountain was not an easy task.
“We hoisted in about 160 feet from the helicopter into very rough and heavily treed terrain at about a 60-70 degree slope. To keep from sliding down the mountain, we had to use the shale rocks to make a ledge in order to have a place to put our [rescue] litter while we got the patient ready for transport,” says Master Warrant Officer Gavin Lee, Search and Rescue Technician, 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron.
There’s no word on the hiker’s current condition, but he was taken from hospital in Cranbrook to an unnamed hospital in Alberta this morning.
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