A spot beacon device, countless bystanders, emergency crews and search and rescue crews from the Central and North Okanagan combined forces to rescue an injured snowmobiler from Jubilee Mountain Monday night in Kelowna.
Kelowna RCMP received information Dec. 12 at 3:06 p.m., of a spot beacon activation, mapping to the area of Three Forks Road and Greystokes Road.
Emergency operators were able to contact the person who activated the emergency distress signal and learned that a snowmobiler was in need of medical attention after he had been thrown from his machine. RCMP activated Search And Rescue, and emergency crews attended the area on standby.
At 10:30 p.m., search and rescue crews safely extracted the injured man to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.
“It truly was a coordinated effort between emergency crews, search and rescue crews and several bystanders who happened across the injured male,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
“RCMP would like to extend their gratitude to the multiple groups of snowmobile enthusiasts who didn’t think twice, when they brought blankets to keep the injured man warm, splinted one of his limbs and eventually transported him together by snowmobile to the main snowmobiler chalet on Greystokes.”