Ground Search and Rescue retrieves injured hiker

Members of Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue (CVGSAR) were activated Tuesday afternoon to come to the aid of a female hiker who had badly fractured her ankle while hiking in Strathcona Provincial Park.

The 56-year-old was hiking with a female companion in the Panther Lake area, in steep terrain, when she fell fracturing her left ankle. The woman aided by her friend and two other female hikers who came to their assistance was able to crawl almost a mile to an open location near the inlet of Panther lake where a call for assistance was made to the emergency co-ordination centre.

CVGSAR personnel were transported to the the incident location once again by Air 8, an RCMP Air Service helicopter based out of CFB Comox. The injured woman was treated by CVGSAR personnel, stabilized and transported by helicopter to the Courtenay Air Park where she was transferred into the

waiting arms of BC Ambulance personnel.

While the medical evacuation was underway, two additional CVGSAR teams hiked into the Panther Lake area to walk the injured woman's companion and their two dogs to their vehicle at Ravens lodge on Mount Washington.

CVGSAR thanks the two women who came to the aid of the injured

hiker for their outstanding preparedness, compassion and assistance.

— Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue

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