Lions Bay Medical Rescue on Sunday


By John Blown

Sunday afternoon NSR was called out to assist Lions Bay SAR with a medical rescue. Two hikers were descending from the Lions on a steep snow slope and slipped and fell. Both subjects fell several hundred feet through forested terrain. They were able to get a call out to 911 on their cell phone. BC Ambulance dispatched paramedics including Tim J, NSR member and Team Leader. BC Ambulance then contacted Lions Bay SAR and NSR to request assistance.

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NSR dispatched our HETS team to Lions Bay consisting of Mike D, Miles R, John B, and Kelsey our Pilot. Tim J was already in Lions Bay, and was in communication via cell tel with the subjects. The subject was able to guide the chopper to their location and the chopper team was able to spot the subjects who had turned on their head lamps, which assists greatly in spotting subjects in terrain.

The chopper landed at Lions Bay in a school yard, and the team prepped the chopper for HETS (long line) extraction. Tim and the HETS members formulated the best plan for the extraction.

Two technicians were inserted and hiked up to the subjects. Upon re-evaluation of the male subjects injuries it was determined that he should be evacuated by stretcher. The female subject was extracted in a harness with the first tech. The HETS tech then returned with the stretcher and an experienced member of Lions Bay SAR (Doug B), who is an emergency room physician. The male subject was packaged in the ARP (aerial rescue platform), and was evac-ed with Mike. The chopper returned to evac the last two rescuers. Due to low fuel the chopper landed in Lions Bay and was secured overnight until more fuel could be brought up.

Excellent flying by our pilot Kelsey from Talon Helicopters in extremely challenging conditions. Thank you to Lions Bay, and BC Ambulance.

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