Ground Search and Rescue rescues two people from Strathcona Park

For the second time in two days, Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue removed injured people from Strathcona Provincial Park.

A HELICOPTER ARRIVES at St. Joseph’s Hospital

A HELICOPTER ARRIVES at St. Joseph’s Hospital

For the second time in two days, Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue was tasked by BC Ambulance for medical rescues in Strathcona Provincial Park.

The first occurred on Monday afternoon, with a call to evacuate a 15-year-old with a hip injury who was unable to walk out under his own power.

CVGSAR members were flown by Grizzly Helicopters of Campbell River to the location on a ridge above Moat Lake to assess the injury and to package the teen for transport. The patient was flown to Raven Lodge on Mount Washington, where he was transferred into the care of paramedics from the BC Ambulance Service.

On Tuesday afternoon, CVGSAR was activated by BCAS, this time for a female subject with undetermined head injuries from a fall while hiking in the park.

Ascent Helicopters from Qualicum Beach flew SAR members directly to the scene near Lady and Circlet lakes. Once on scene, CVGSAR members assessed the subject and determined she was to be flown directly to hospital.

She was transferred to the care of the St. Joseph’s emergency department in Comox and all SAR members returned to the hall.

Search manager Paul Berry commented that both rescue went smoothly thanks to the efficient co-operation of all agencies involved. Weather on both days provided ready helicopter access into these remote location of Strathcona Provincial Park.

Had the weather prevented flying, both operations would have involved many dozens of rescuers hiking in, then carrying stretchers over difficult terrain for many hours, Berry said.

— Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue

Just Posted

A Saanich man received almost 10 years in Supreme Court in Courtenay for a shooting incident from 2018. Record file photo
Shooting incident north of Courtenay nets almost 10-year sentence

Richard Daniel Vigneault was arrested without incident and faced 16 counts

Danielle Egilson has been awarded a $40,000 post-secondary scholarship with The Cmolik Foundation. Photo supplied
Student from Courtenay’s Vanier Secondary lands prestigious scholarship

Cmolik Foundation provides opportunities for youth who’ve experienced adversity

Poverty is a sad reality for some people in the Comox Valley. Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
Project takes a hard look at poverty in the Comox Valley

Objective is to reduce poverty in the Comox Valley by 25 per cent over four years

Dr. Aref Tabarsi, a general pathologist at the North Island Hospital Campbell River Hospital Medical Laboratory, spoke about the issue of service in the region at a meeting in February 2020. Black Press file photo
Comox Strathcona hospital board wants pathology service back

Board supports move for chair, vice-chair to engage with Island Health on issue

Comox town hall. Black Press file photo
Comox approves 2021 tax rates

Homeowners can expect a 4.95 per cent in their residential tax rates this year

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
MISSING: Salt Spring RCMP find woman’s car, still seek Island resident

Sinikka Gay Elliott is 5’3” with a slim build and dark brown short hair

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Most Read