North Shore Rescue gets approval for nighttime hoist rescues
October 11, 2022 By Global News
North Shore Rescue is now able to do nighttime “hoist” rescues from helicopters as it has gotten approval from Emergency Management B.C., and team leader Mike Danks also said the approval of the nighttime hoists provides a safety net for their volunteers, if they are injured during a rescue.
The announcement for nighttime hoist rescues comes on the heels of a nighttime incident when North Shore Rescue could not hoist a B.C. doctor to safety. He had became stuck on a North Shore mountain after dislocating a shoulder mid-climb.
Although the search and rescue team found Dr. Jason Clement, they could not rescue him due to limitations for nighttime hoists. Search and rescue volunteers had to resort to giving the doctor supplies to last through the night. Clement was rescued several hours later by a military helicopter.
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