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Squamish SAR responding to injured hiker in Garibaldi Park

Sept. 21 rescue underway
Squamish SAR at their staging base, behind Stawamus Elementary School. Photo: FILE PHOTO/THE SQUAMISH CHIEF

Squamish Search and Rescue volunteers are currently responding to a call of a hiker who said they were injured by a falling boulder in the Mamquam area of Garibaldi Park.

SAR got the call from RCMP around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 21, BJ Chute, president of Squamish Search and Rescue, told The Chief. They believe the patient has a non-weigh-bearing knee injury.

"We have just sent our hasty team, the helicopter, up to have a look and see if we are able to land nearby and stabilize the subject and extract," Chute. "If not, we'll have to regroup and formulate another plan."

In an update, Chute said SAR is not able to access the hiker by helicopter and are looking for how to access them by ground.

The evening before, on Sept. 20, BC Ambulance asked Squamish SAR to assist with rescuing a 31-year-old man who crashed while mountain biking near Ring Creek. It was around 5 p.m. The closest named trail was 19th Hole. SAR longlined the patient from the area to the waiting ambulance, who was then taken to the hospital.

"The weather was co-operative and SAR was able to use the longline to expediate that rescue, otherwise it would have been a pretty long stretcher carry back to the ambulance," Chute said.

Chute said he had a fractured pelvis, and a possible leg fracture.

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