Stuck off-roader rescued by COSAR

File photo of Central Okanagan Search and Rescue. COSAR

For a third consecutive night, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was called out on Thursday to rescue someone in the backcountry.

The latest rescue happened in the hills above West Kelowna, when a four-wheel drive vehicle got stuck on a snowy and unplowed forestry service road.

According to COSAR, the lone driver was out of cell tower range, but used the phone’s SOS feature to connect to an emergency response call centre via satellite.

Click to play video: 'Hiker’s death prompts safety message from COSAR'
Hiker’s death prompts safety message from COSAR

Search and rescue said since the pin-pointed location was well known, along with an excellent degree of accuracy and no reported injuries, a limited response team was sent.

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COSAR sent one member in a custom off-road vehicle, who was able to assist the driver, and then escort the formerly stuck vehicle back to pavement.

“Current backroad snow conditions are very variable,” said search and rescue, “with lower sections extremely icy, and upper elevation sections providing minimal traction in sugary-type snow.”

COSAR noted the rescue occurred during regular training, and was live-tracked while attendees studied mapping software.

Click to play video: 'Avalanche safety and training in the Okanagan'
Avalanche safety and training in the Okanagan

On Tuesday night, search and rescue was called out to successfully help locate a missing snowmobiler in the Greystokes area.

Then, on Wednesday night, they received a call from police to help find an amateur geologist in the Chute Lake area. That person was found by police just as COSAR was en route to the scene.

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Friday’s callout was COSAR’s 17th of 2024.

For more information about Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, including how to volunteer, visit its website.


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