Heading into B.C.’s backcountry where cell service isn’t available?
Be prepared with a satellite communication device, like one individual who needed help this week.
That’s the reminder an Okanagan search and rescue group issued following a lengthy rescue effort on Wednesday.
Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR) said it received a call for help — in the Monashee Mountains, five hours away — regarding a hiker with a suspected ankle fracture.
VSAR said it secured helicopter services from Wildcat Helicopters, “thus preventing an overnight stay in the mountains.”
“Our injured hiker and his party were prepared and were able to request help with the aid of a satellite communication device,” said VSAR.
The search and rescue group added that “InReach or Spot Satellite communication systems have become invaluable as a means of requesting emergency help where there is no cell service, and ultimately as a communication device with SAR teams.”
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Further, VSAR noted that with B.C.’s current wildfire situation, and the high demand on available resources, “we would like to remind everyone that helicopters are not always available. (Search and rescue) teams needing to access the backcountry may need several hours to access your location.”
VSAR said the injured hiker was flown to Vernon, where he was transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
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