A seriously injured snowmobiler was rescued using the Vernon Search and Rescue’s (VSAR) helicopter winch team and Wildcat Helicopters out of Kelowna Saturday, Feb. 27.
The man had been sledding with a group of people when struck something along the path and ended up with a serious, very painful back injury,
The incident happened before 12 p.m. in Greystokes Provincial Park near Big White Ski Resort, right near the border for attending calls for VSAR and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR).
“We took the call and worked in conjunction with COSAR,” said VSAR’s Trevor Honigman. “The key component in this rescue was the use of the Air Rescue One helicopter out of Wildcat Helicopters. We also had a ground team ready to go in if needed.”
Luckily, the chopper was able to land quite close to the injured sledder, something mountainous terrain doesn’t often allow, according to Honigman. He was transported via helicopter to the Vernon Regional Airport, where an ambulance was waiting to take the man to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
The injured sledder has been identified as Dan Reeve, a husband and father who works as a heavy-duty mechanic. A GoFundMe page has been started on Reeve’s behalf. He suffered a cracked vertebra in the accident and underwent surgery Sunday, Feb. 28.
Reeve will be in the hospital for about a week and off-work for approximately six months to recuperate.
The campaign has set a goal of $5,000 and was closing in on $1,300 donated by 1 p.m. Sunday.