Vernon Search and Rescue responded to an injured dirt biker Saturday in the North Westside Road area. (Morning Star file photo)

Dirt biker injured

Vernon Search and Rescue received a report of a dirt biker with a broken leg Saturday about six kilometres off of Westside Road

An injured dirt biker is recovering after being rescued from the North Westside area.

Vernon Search and Rescue received a report of a dirt biker with a broken leg at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday about six kilometres off of Westside Road, behind Sugarloaf Mountain.

“It was way back in the bush. He was in a difficult spot to get into. There were no roads, just a trail,” said Leigh Pearson, search manager.

The biker, whose age is not known, was packed out for some distance and then put into a truck for one kilometre. He was then transported in SAR’s patient response vehicle for three kilometres and then turned over to paramedics, who took him to hospital.

Pearson is urging dirt bikers to be cautious in the backcountry.

“Be really careful. This is the third or fourth dirt bike accident we’ve had in a week-and-a-half,” he said.

The SAR unit returned back to headquarters at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

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