Safety & Risk Management
Helicopter hoist key to rescue of injured hiker
July 5, 2022 By Kyle Balzer
Coquitlam Search and Rescue was able to use a key piece of equipment for the first time to rescue an injured hiker near Widgeon Falls, B.C.
A woman was taken to hospital after sustaining a serious lower limb injury after falling at the site about noon on the weekend.
In a social media post, Coquitlam SAR said its team used a helicopter hoist to bring the hiker to safety as the spot where the victim was found was deemed impossible to access. As a result, local volunteers had to be lowered by a cable to the victim, were winched into the location and hoisted back up by way of three rescue techs in a Talon Helicopter AS365N2 Dauphin.
“Once on scene, it was evident she had a severe knee injury, sustained after a fall at that site,” according to a Coquitlam SAR statement.
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