RCMP helicopter assists with rescue

An emergency beacon helped rescue a downed Alberta paraglider in the North Okanagan.

On May 7, just before 4 p.m., the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP received a call from the Emergency Response Coordination Centre located in Montgomery, TX, who advised that an emergency beacon had been activated and provided the GPS location.

“When our officers checked their computerized map for the coordinates they could find no open roads into the area of South Fork Service Road area near Cherryville,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

A police dog handler flew into the area with the RCMP helicopter to assist the search for the injured person who was located near a cut block.

The 32-year-old paraglider from Edmonton was located on the ground. He had suffered a broken ankle from a rough landing.

“He told officers he was attempting to fly from the Lumby area to Nakusp but experienced a down draft and had a hard landing in the cut block,” said Molendyk.

“This man was fortunate to have planned ahead and been equipped with a spot beacon that he was able to activate and be rescued from this remote location so he can have an opportunity to fly another day.”


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