RCMP Report: Pair of hang gliders injured in separate incidents

Police responded to two incidents involving hang gliders, among other files in this week's RCMP report.

Moose collision

On July 23, a driver from Alberta was travelling westbound on Hwy 1 near Quartz Creek when they were unable to avoid an animal on the road.  They collided with a young female moose.  Unfortunately the moose died at the scene.  The occupant of the vehicle was uninjured.

Overdue climbers

At 9 a.m. a report was received of two climbers that were overdue for two days.  The two climbers were in the Howser Spires area.  Golden Search and Rescue (GADSAR) was activated through PEP and flew over the area.  They located the two and confirmed they were uninjured and would be hiking out on their own.  They reported that they had run into some bad weather and decided to stay an extra night.  Later that same evening, another call was received regarding a separate climbing group that had an accident.  They managed to make their way back to their camp despite arm and ankle injuries.  That group was escorted out the following morning by air and taken to hospital for treatment.

Police would like to remind all back country users of the importance of being prepared and for leaving an accurate itinerary with friends or family.

Graffiti at Pentecostal church

Anyone with information regarding the graffiti which was sprayed on the side of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church at 717 10th Street South is asked to the call the RCMP.

Hang gliding incidents

On July 31, police responded to two reported incidents involving hang gliders.  One glider crashed early in the afternoon after launching off of Mount 7.  Golden and Area Search and Rescue (GADSAR) was called and the subject was located and transported to hospital for treatment. A second report was received where a glider landed in a field south of Nicholson. The landing was in some tall grass, which caused the pilot to become entangled in their gear and they suffered an injury to their face as a result. The pilot was able to summon assistance through the use of a spot beacon and they were located and transported to hospital for treatment.

Speeding Albertan

An Alberta resident had their vehicle impounded for 7 days after being observed travelling 118 kph in a 60 kph zone on Aug. 1.  The driver was charged for excessive speed.