Summer search for snowmobiler

t was the first weekend of July when Vernon Search and Rescue was sent out to help a snowmobiler in Hunter’s Range near Enderby.

  • Jul. 6, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Jessica Schwitek

Morning Star Staff

It was the first weekend of July when Vernon Search and Rescue was sent out to help a snowmobiler in Hunter’s Range near Enderby.

A 78-year-old man was out snowmobiling with friends  Saturday when there was an accident.

“He hit something under the snow, a rock or something, lost control, and then rolled down a bit of a bank,” said Leigh Pearson, SAR manager.

After being called by the RCMP and B.C. Ambulance Service at 7 p.m., SAR members were taken by helicopter to the scene where they administered first aid and packaged the patient in a stretcher for transport to the hospital.

Other SAR volunteers rode to the scene on snowmobiles in case the helicopter could not land or daylight ran out.

Injuries were not too serious says Pearson, but there were a few broken bones.

A call to respond to a snowmobiling accident is quite unusual for this time of year said Pearson.

“It was a first for us, that’s for sure. But there’s still four or five feet of snow out there.”

The current conditions are not ideal for snowmobiling. It gets quite slushy during the day and when the temperature drops at night it all freezes.

Fortunately, despite the snow still in the area, very few people seem to be heading out there says Pearson.