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Learner driver, thrown from truck down embankment, rescued near Vernon, B.C.

The teen was thrown down a steep embankment after his pick-up truck left the roadway. Vernon search and rescue file photo

A 16-year-old “L” driver is lucky to have escaped without major injuries after he was ejected from an unlicensed pickup truck in the North Okanagan and flung down a steep embankment.

The driver was thrown from the vehicle after he lost control on Bouleau Lake Forest Service Road in North Westside near Vernon last Thursday evening, RCMP said.

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The teen, who was not wearing a seat belt, landed and got stuck about 60 feet down the slope.

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Trevor Honigman, manager with Vernon Search and Rescue, said a 12-member rope rescue team jumped into action.

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“They take specialized training for high angle and technical rescues, getting a subject from a place like that back up to the point of safety,” he told Global News.

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The driver, who had a Class 7 learner’s licence, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital by paramedics.

The boy was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving contrary to restrictions, police said.

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