With files from Simon Little
It’s a busy conclusion to a hot, sunny B.C. day long weekend for local rescue teams.
Rescue 1 – Lynn Canyon
District of North Vancouver firefighters have conducted a rope rescue to pull someone out of the water in Lynn Canyon.
Assistant chief Brian Hutchinson with the District of North Vancouver Firefighters says the man was enjoying the water and scenery with friends before injuring his shoulder.
“We were able to make contact with the patient in the canyon bottom, determine that there was a shoulder injury that was impeding his ability to actually get back out of the canyon. Our teams deployed off the suspension bridge, made contact, and were able to raise the patient back up.”
Hutchinson says the man was quickly handed off to BC Ambulance to assess his injury. He is reminding outdoor explorers to be extra careful.
“Enjoy the area, but just take precautions right, it’s still a wildreness area, there’s always hazards when you’re venturing into these areas.”
Rescue 2 – Crown Mountain
Meanwhile, North Shore rescue was deployed to Crown Mountain for reports of a stranded hiker who has successfully been retrieved. He is in good condition.
North Shore Rescue’s Mike Danks provides some details.
“He had [reached the top of] Crown at about 12:05, and started making his way down and he was a little unsure of where the trail was, and he ended up kind of following what he thought was a route down, but he was way off trail and was actually heading down the west side of Crown Mountain.”
He also adds that despite a seemingly busy weekend, his team actually got some rest.
“This is the first call of the long weekend. Hopefully that’s a sign that the message is getting out for people to be prepared when hiking in the back country and do their research on the hike they’re doing.”
North Shore Rescue typically averages around five calls during the B.C. day long weekend.
Last week Search Manager Doug Pope said the team is on track to beat last year’s record of 137 calls.
Rescue 3 – Twin Islands
And the VPD Marine unit was in action this afternoon, transporting an injured cliff jumper from Twin Islands.
More updates as they are made available.