SAR rescues injured hiker on Fisher Peak

A hiker was rescued off of Fisher Peak this past weekend by Cranbrook Search and Rescue and required an airlift due to a leg injury.

  • May. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Trevor Crawley

A hiker was rescued off of Fisher Peak this past weekend by Cranbrook Search and Rescue and required an airlift due to a leg injury.

A pair of hikers were trekking up Maus Creek on Saturday and decided to head up the Fisher Peak trail until the snow got too heavy. After one of the hikers stepped into the snow, it gave way and his leg was cut open by a rock underneath.

Search and Rescue deployed at roughly 6:20 p.m. to a call for an injured hiker and were able to locate the pair, but didn’t have enough time to get them off the mountain by nightfall.

“The hiker had a fall and injured his leg and we put a team together and hiked in,” said Greg Bedwell, with Cranbrook SAR. “We located him, got him all settled, it was getting too dark, quite steep terrain and we didn’t want to get caught on the side of the mountain in the dark.

“So we just made him comfortable, stabilized him and we had a helicopter come in the morning and we long-lined him down to the waiting ambulance.”

The injured man was removed at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. In total, there were six Cranbrook SAR members and two Kimberley SAR members who were a part of the operation.

SAR were also called out on two other incidents this past weekend to assist with B.C. Ambulance Service. Those two incidents included an ATV rollover at Horseshoe Lake and a medical emergency 15 kilometres up the Wildhorse.