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Posted: January 27, 2020

Fernie SAR rescue skier hurt in avalanche

Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated Jan. 27 for a report of an injured skier.

The injured skier was part of a group of six based at Tunnel Creek Cabin involved in an avalanche triggered by a cornice in the 1942 Chute area.

One skier fell an estimated 200 metres through challenging terrain, sustaining a chest injury, reported Fernie SAR on social media.

“The group was well-prepared and was able to summon help and begin evacuating the injured person, a 22-year-old male from the Fernie area. Fernie SAR responded with two SAR techs on snowmobiles and via helicopter,” SAR reported.

The injured party was brought out to BC Ambulance Service on the highway via snowmobile.

“While this rescue would have been made quicker and simpler had we been able to use our longline rescue capability, it was a good reminder that wilderness rescue depends on the resources available on any particular day,” Fernie SAR stated.

Fernie SAR photo


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