Central Okanagan Search and Rescue crews reached new heights on Thursday when two calls pushed the organization to its busiest year yet.
“It was a dubious milestone,” COSAR president Brad Trites said in a press release of the organization’s 86th rescue of 2021.
“The huge volume of tasks is starting to take its toll.”
The first call came in at 2:30 p.m., when a cyclist on the KVR suffered what is suspected to be a heart attack.
Half an hour later, a second call came in for an injured adventure racer on the Crawford DH trail, about three kilometres away from the first incident.
He was transported out using Penticton Search and Rescue’s helicopter.
Due to the high number of calls stretching crews thin, COSAR will be recruiting new members until Oct. 31.
“We are looking for people with outdoor skills, but also with availability. We expect a minimum of 200 hours of volunteer time annually and many members give five or six times that,” Trites said.
Last year, COSAR volunteered over 20,000 hours.
An open house in October will be followed by short-listing interviews, reference checks and then 90 hours of basic training.
Details and the application can be found at COSAR.ca.
COSAR is in its 67th year, making it the oldest search and rescue organization of its kind in the province. It currently has 51 members.
For more information, contact Ed Henczel at 778-996-3339.