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Vernon search and rescue team battle elements to rescue injured snow biker

Vernon Search and Rescue was tasked with rescue mission Friday night
Vernon Search and Rescue was deployed Friday night to help look for an injured snow biker near Vernon. (Kevin Hillier - VSAR)

Poor weather hampered rescuers trying to get to an injured snow biker north east of Lumby Friday night.

The Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR) Society said blizzard-like conditions made it impossible for a helicopter pilot to safely perform the rescue.

“We initiated a quick response via helicopter,” said a statement on the organization’s Facebook page. “However, weather conditions were such that the pilot returned to base.”

An avalanche assessment and route planning were completed and a second team was deployed, while VSAR’s first team returned to the airport.

“(The second team) travelled through freezing rain, blowing snow and blizzard-like conditions but finally reached our injured subject some four hours later,” the post reads.

The patient was assessed and packed into a rescue toboggan and carefully taken back down the mountain to an awaiting ambulance.

VSAR thanked Aurora Helicopters and the Lumby Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association for its assistance in the operation.

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Vernon Search and Rescue was deployed Friday night to aid in the search of an injured snowbiker ‘some distance from Vernon,’ its Facebook post reads. (Kevin Hillier - VSAR)