Helicopter helps in rescue of injured Vernon hiker

A helicopter rescue crew from Penticton was called in to help an injured Vernon hiker in the Monashee Mountains Sunday.

A helicopter rescue crew from Penticton was called in to help an injured Vernon hiker in the Monashee Mountains Sunday.

Fourteen members of Vernon Search and Rescue responded to a request from the RCMP and B.C. Ambulance Service to help in the rescue of a 72-year-old female hiker near the Pinnacles, a very popular hiking spot east of Cherryville, at 2 p.m.

“The female had been out hiking and had fallen a good number of feet, landing on her back,” said Leigh Pearson, search manager with Vernon Search and Rescue.

The woman had been with a group of hikers when she fell. Because there’s no cell service in that area, one of the group went to a Cherryville restaurant to phone for help.

The HETS crew (helicopter extraction team) from Penticton was brought in to assist the woman as there was nowhere for a local helicopter to land.

The injured hiker was taken by ambulance from the Vernon regional airport to Vernon Jubilee Hospital suffering from a back injury, head lacerations and a possible broken pelvis.