Injured hiker carried out on stretcher
Coquitlam Search and Rescue crews participating in the Teddy Bear Picnic and parade on the weekend had their fun cut short when a call came in about an injured hiker at Buntzen Lake.
Search crews were called out to the west slope of the lake, along the Diez Vista Trail, where they located and then carried a woman out of the area.
Volunteer search and rescue manager Dwight Yochim said rescue officials have access to a helicopter and an ATV Argo but believed the easiest way to extract the injured person was on a stretcher.
“Her injuries and her location didn’t warrant a helicopter and our Argo had mechanical problems,” he said. “But we had enough people on the scene to do a stretcher carry.”
Yochim said the operation took about five hours. Members of the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service, BC Hydro, Buntzen Lake wardens and parks staff assisted search and rescue crews.