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Posted: August 18, 2022

CVSAR being kept busy this August

It has been a busy week for Columbia Valley Search and Rescue (CVSAR.) Within a 48-hour period, CVSAR responded to three calls.

The first call was a nighttime search for a missing mountain biker at Panorama Mountain Resort. The biker sustained serious injuries in a crash.

CVSAR provided first aid and transferred the patient to BC Ambulance Service for further care. The patient was subsequently transported by STARS air ambulance.

The second call, the next night, was a medical evacuation from the Kootenay River in the early hours of August 10. The subject was located and transported with the help of Glacier helicopters of Invermere. CVSAR also had a ground team deployed as well in the event support was needed.

The third call was to rescue a person who had gone over Lower Bugaboo Falls in the afternoon of August 10. The subject was located by CVSAR and extracted by Golden Search and Rescue. CVSAR then provided medical attention and transferred the subject to Invermere district hospital with the help of Bighorn helicopters.

Accidents happen and our volunteers are here to help when they do. If you need our help, call 911.

Golden SAR operates a long line.

A big shout out to the volunteers who attended two all-night calls back-to-back, taking time away from their families and their work.

Just a reminder to follow Adventure Smart’s “Three T’s”: Trip-planning, Training and Take-the-Essentials. Visit for information and to download their Trip Plan app. If emergency assistance is required, call 911.

About Columbia Valley Search and Rescue

CVSAR is our local mountain search and rescue team dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, emergency disaster response, and mountain safety education.

CVSAR is tasked through requests from the RCMP, the BC Ambulance Service, local fire departments or the BC Coroner Service. CVSAR is used when specialized skills are required when accessibility into the backcountry is limited.

The CVSAR team is 100% volunteer and available to help in search and rescue situations anywhere in the Columbia Valley.

Donations are always appreciated and accepted online at From the website select, Donate Online. Donations may also be sent to Box 2123, Invermere or by e-transfer to [email protected] Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.

Lead image: Bugaboo Creek from the air.  CVSAR photos

Columbia Valley Search and Rescue

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