Huge response to rescue injured hiker on CPR trail

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 17, 2018 - 5:35pm

Search and Rescue crews helping an injured woman down the Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail Sunday. The hiker has a suspected broken ankle.Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

PARKSVILLE — A woman with a suspected broken ankle was rescued from a popular mid-island hiking trail.

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue's Gordon Yelland said they responded Sunday afternoon to the Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail where 20 people helped get the woman a kilometre down the path to an ambulance.

“Some of the sections of the trial are quite steep and with the weather we've had it's slippery and muddy,” Yelland said. “We need quite a few people to maintain stability on the stretcher.”

He said ropes were used in the rescue of the woman, who was on the trail with her husband at the time.

Yelland said their counterparts from search and rescue teams in Nanaimo and Port Alberni assisted in the woman's recovery.

He said it's important to be prepared for the elements this time of year and don't hike in terrain beyond your means.

“Please go out prepared, have good boots and good rain gear,”

Yelland said thankfully the woman wasn't hiking alone and a cell phone was used to call for help.


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