Kayaker injured launching boat

The man injured his back attempting to launch his kayak into the lake from a steep slope above the water.

A kayaker injured himself while on the steep banks of Lake Koocanusa.

A kayaker injured himself while on the steep banks of Lake Koocanusa.

Fernie Search and Rescue (FSAR), along with Sparwood SAR were called out on Sunday morning to assist an injured kayaker in Lake Koocanusa.

A 30-year-old man injured his back attempting to launch his kayak into the lake from a steep slope above the water. He fell and landed on the ground next to the water in his kayak.

FSAR was called by BC Ambulance to help access the injured man. When FSAR arrived, BC Ambulance staff had used a boat to access the man and had secured him to a spine board. Once at the boat launch, FSAR members assisted BCAS to transport the man from the boat into the ambulance.

The injured man was taken to Cranbrook with suspected spinal injuries.