RCMP Air Services hoists injured skier to safety

Pemberton

2023-04-03 09:44 PDT

File # 2023-1534

An injured skier in the Duffey Lake backcountry was rescued Wednesday afternoon with the help of RCMP Air Services.

On March 29th, 2023, at 4:09 p.m., the Whistler/Pemberton RCMP received a report of an SOS from a GPS device that indicated a skier was injured and could not ski out. An RCMP Air Services helicopter, Air 5, accompanied by a member of the RCMP Critical Incident Program and a Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (ERT) member was in the area and responded to the Duffey Lake backcountry. Air 5 located the individual on Cayoosh Mountain and its crew conducted a hoist rescue of the injured skier from steep terrain. The skier was taken to Pemberton Airport where they were met by BC Emergency Health Services to be transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

This is believed to be the first such hoist rescue of a civilian by the RCMP.

ERT member securing injured skier for hoist rescue

The technical capabilities of Air 5 make it an excellent platform to provide operational support like this throughout the diverse geography of our province, said Inspector Kevin Kilar, Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Air Services. We were fortunate to be able to respond and safely extract the skier to medical care.

Air Services is able to mobilize personnel and equipment necessary to meet the diverse demands of the RCMP and provide support to the RCMP in both heavily populated and remote areas of Canada.

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S/Sgt. Kris Clark
Senior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-3961
Cell: 778-228-7857

Email: kris.clark@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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