Fernie Search and Rescue responded to an injured biker on Monday

Fernie SAR assist injured biker

Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) and the Fernie Fire & Emergency Services Department assisted an injured biker on Swine Flu trail on Monday.

Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) and the Fernie Fire & Emergency Services Department assisted an injured biker on Mount Proctor’s Swine Flu trail on Monday evening.

The biker, a 24-year-old local man, fell off his bike near the top of the trail, sustaining injuries that raised concern over possible spinal complications, SAR manager Simon Piney said in a press release.

The male was stabilized on a spinal board, and a wheeled litter carrier, ropes and manpower were used to bring him down to Highway 3.

SAR and Fernie Fire responded to the incident at 9 p.m. and the injured individual was passed on to British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) shortly after 12 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30.

“We are grateful to all the responders who came out to help,” SAR manager Rob Lanthier said. “The descent was slowed considerably by a severe thunderstorm during the rescue, which made the trail very slippery, but we are happy to hear that the injured man is now doing well.”

Fernie SAR also responded to a missing person’s case on Tuesday, June 30, assisting Cranbrook SAR with their search for a 67-year-old woman who went missing from Rock Lake campground following a dispute with family members.

She was later found safe and sound.

During Canada Day, Fernie SAR also provided rescue support for the Cardboard Boat Race on Maiden Lake.