Terrace Search and Rescue members rescued a local snowmobiler on the top of Trapper Mountain Sunday afternoon, approximately 40 km east of Terrace.
The Terrace resident had gone off a jump, landed hard and injured his back. His group had helped him into snowmobiler’s cabin nearby, where they kept him warm and fashioned a makeshift stretcher until SAR arrived.
“We suspect that he received some injuries to his lower back and still had some feeling in his toes, so not too severe but it did cause some discomfort and pain for the subject,” says Dwayne Sheppard, Terrace SAR president.
Three SAR technicians responded to the call from Emergency Health Services (EHS) around 12:30 p.m. Aboard Great Slave Helicopters’ medical transport helicopter, they arrived on scene within 10 minutes of leaving the Northwest Regional Airport.
The injured man was treated and loaded onto the helicopter with assistance from the other snowmobilers. The BK117’s rear entry doors made it easy to load the stretcher onto the helicopter with minimal disruption to the patient, Sheppard says.
At the airport, the snowmobiler was handed over to BC Ambulance Services for further treatment at Mills Memorial Hospital.