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Badly injured climber rescued from cave by Penticton Search and Rescue

Over 20 searchers and fellow climbers helped in the evacuation at Skaha Bluffs Easter Sunday
Around 15 Penticton and Area Search and Rescue spent their Easter Sunday rescuing a climber who had broke his leg at Skaha Bluffs. (PENSAR)

Penticton Search and Rescue’s Easter Sunday turned out to be a busy one as 15 members along with 10 other climbers in the Skaha Bluffs area assisted in the rescue of a 30-year-old man with a broken leg who was climbing in one of the local caves.

Around 3:40 p.m. PENSAR manager Mark Pfeifer received the rescue call of an injured man with a severe lower leg injury in the Skaha Bluffs area.

Three Penticton Search and Rescue members who were climbing in the area were able to get to the scene quickly and provide an assessment of the injured man as well as his location.

The injured climber had slipped into a cave and suffered a possible fracture that required immediate evacuation. While rescue resources were being deployed to the area, the victim remained under the care of fellow climbers which included a paramedic and nurse.

Skaha Bluffs is a complex area to conduct rescues due to the steep canyon terrain which creates a set of natural barriers for rescue crews to access the area in a timely fashion, said Pfeifer.

Around 15 Penticton and Area Search and Rescue and several climbers spent their Easter Sunday rescuing a climber who had broke his leg at Skaha Bluffs. (PENSAR)

With help from all the volunteers, the injured man was evacuated to an area where he was finally airlifted out by 6:20 p.m.

Pfeifer would like to thank the additional support provided by climbers who volunteered at the scene and provided comfort, medical aid and evacuation assistance.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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