Hanglider Rescue - Vernon Area
In the afternoon of Thursday, June 22, Vernon Search and Rescue received a request from the provincial Emergency Coordination Centre in Victoria to assist in the search and rescue of a hanglider pilot in mountainous terrain south of Vernon, BC.
Initial reports indicated that the subject had crashed and was caught in trees, with undetermined injuries. Ground teams were deployed into the King Edward Lake Forest Service Road area, where they met up with friends of the pilot, RCMP and ambulance crews.
A coordinated effort between all involved was made to locate the crash site and establish contact with the injured subject. The Vernon Search and Rescue heli-winch team aboard Air Rescue One from Wildcat Helicopters in Kelowna was also dispatched, and once they located the subject from the air he was extracted from the forested hillside and delivered to the ambulance waiting nearby. Once stabilized, the Air Ambulance Helicopter crew was able to take the subject directly to the Kelowna General Hospital for further treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
It is understood at this time that the subject had encountered severe control issues at an altitude of approximately 5000 feet, and was very fortunate to survive the uncontrolled spin and crash into the heavily wooded area on the mountainside.