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Injured hiker airlifted from Pincushion Mountain near Peachland

Penticton Search and Rescue was involved in evacuating an injured hiker by helicopter on Friday afternoon. PENSAR

A helicopter was needed on Friday to rescue a hiker from Pincushion Mountain near Peachland.

In a social media post, Penticton Search and Rescue said it responded to the noon call for help after B.C. Emergency Health Services received a report of a female hiker in medical distress.

Because of the location at the summit, Search and Rescue was asked to rescue the hiker.

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Search and Rescue manager Dale Jorgensen said an air evacuation unit was dispatched, as well as ground crews.

Further, he said a search and rescue member living in the area was able to ascend to the hiker prior to the helicopter team arriving, providing valuable information.

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Search and Rescue said once the helicopter team arrived, the hiker was airlifted from the summit area around 3 p.m., and was transferred to awaiting emergency crews.

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