NEWS RELEASE · 28th August 2012
Kitimat Search and Rescue
On Saturday August 25th, around 3:45 pm, Kitimat Search and Rescue responded to a request from the BC Ambulance Service to aid an injured hiker on Mount Elizabeth.
A large group of hikers were on their way down the mountain when one of its members experienced a lower leg injury. The injured subject was unable to continue due to the injury and a rescue plan was initiated that included reaching the location, the viewpoint just below the alpine, where the hiking party was located.
Four Kitimat SAR members who were hiking in the area responded as well as two others were called to fly in by helicopter to perform the evacuation.
A challenging rescue was performed and KSAR handed over the patient to the Kitimat Fire Department Paramedics at the Kitimat Airpark.
It was the 10-year anniversary to the day of when co-op students Christina Huckvale and Chris Markoff died while hiking Mount Elizabeth. Kitimat Search and Rescue remind everyone venturing out into the back country to:
- Leave a detailed pre-trip plan with someone dependable with your anticipated return time and other details of your trip.
- Plan for the unexpected. Are you capable of spending the night and carrying enough supplies?
- Bring a compass and know how to use it.
- Bring extra dry clothing as well as waterproof shell.
- Wearing a good pair of well supporting hiking boots is a must.
- A fully charged cell phone may work in many areas.
- Bring a means to start a fire.
- Be aware of changing weather that should influence your travel decisions.
- Bring a whistle to attract attention if something were to go wrong.
- Bring a headlamp.
- Carry a form of bear deterrent (bear spray or bear banger).
KSAR would like to thank the Kitimat Fire Department and Quantum Helicopters for their assistance in this successful rescue.