Services report: SAR called to rescue paragliders in incident near top of Mount 7

Golden and District Search and Rescue

On Tuesday, June 18, Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR) was tasked to respond to a paragliding incident just below the Mount 7 launch.

Three search and rescue technicians landed at the launch with Alpine Helicopters and walked down to the patients.

The patients were stabilized, packaged, and flown out in two flights to be treated for their injuries.

GADSAR also participated in a cooperative training with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) at the Bugaboo Lodge last weekend.

GADSAR teamed up with CMH Heli for some Class D Fixed Line training at the Bugaboos Lodge. With popularity of Via Ferrata courses increasing, this was extremely beneficial practice for evacuating an injured climber off the course.

Golden-Field RCMP

The Golden-Field RCMP receive 88 new files over the past week, including 18 traffic complaints, nine collisions, six abandoned 911 calls, and five disturbances.

On June 19, just after 4 p.m., the Golden-Field RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Hartley Road, west of Golden.

“The cause of the collision is still under investigation, however, at this time it is believed that a White pickup truck was passing, in the oncoming lane, when it collided head-on with a blue Toyota,” says Cst. Spencer Lainchbury with the Golden-Field RCMP.

Four passengers from the blue Toyota were transported to hospital with minor injuries, while the driver of the white pickup truck was airlifted to Kamloops with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The Golden-Field RCMP and Canadian Pacific Police Service are investigating a number of thefts from construction sites near Field sometime between June 15 and 17.

Police were first advised on June 16 that a vehicle, which was later confirmed to be stolen, had been left abandoned on CP Rail property. Upon further investigation it was determined that a generator and power tools had also been stolen out of a temporary structure located at the site.

The following day, police received a separate report that a construction trailer had been broken into at Hoodoo Creek and several pieces of surveying equipment had been stolen.

At this time, RCMP believe the two thefts are related, and are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area, says Lainchbury.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221, CP Police Service at 1-800-716-9132, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Golden Fire Rescue

This week, Golden Fire Rescue responded to several calls to assist the BC Ambulance Service, including calls for cardiac distress, shortness of breath, an overdose, and another assist.

Golden Fire Rescue has been working on many areas of training over the past few weeks including driver training, pumps and pumping, and medical response.

Several members have recently received updated certification from training session at the Salmon Arm training centre.

Once again, the public will see a lot of activity around the training grounds as Golden Fire Rescue pours concrete pads and finishes up building propane props. Valley Blacktop Ltd. will be paving the driveway into the training grounds next week.

Stay tuned to Golden Fire Rescue’s Facebook page for FireSmart tips, wildfire news, and emergency notifications.

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