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UPDATED: Injured mountain biker rescued

Above and below: A woman injured while mountain biking on Friday evening was taken to safety with the help of Nelson Search and Rescue. - Scott Spencer/Nelson Search and Rescue
Above and below: A woman injured while mountain biking on Friday evening was taken to safety with the help of Nelson Search and Rescue.
— image credit: Scott Spencer/Nelson Search and Rescue

Nelson Search and Rescue helped a mountain biker who was hurt on a trail up Giveout Creek Road on Friday evening.

Search manager Scott Spencer says the local woman, 32, and her partner were about 100 m along the Placenta Decenta trail when it happened.

“It was fairly harmless initially,” he says. “They had just started down the trail when she lost her balance and landed hard on her hip on a rock. Nothing they were doing was particularly dangerous or foolhardy. It’s just a hazard of the sport.”

The woman landed off the trail but did not fall down a bank.

Spencer says they received a call shortly after 7 p.m. to help paramedics bring the woman out, although there was some confusion initially when her partner called 911.

“He was a bit frustrated. The dispatcher in Kelowna couldn’t figure out where Giveout Creek Road was. He said just call the ambulance in Nelson — they’ll know. Eventually they did, and that’s exactly what happened.”

By the time the search crew arrived, paramedics had already secured the woman to a spine board.

“A relay was set up on a short section but otherwise it was a relatively straightforward stretcher carry,” Spencer says, describing it as a “quick and efficient rescue.”

The woman was in the ambulance by 8:30 p.m. and taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital. A doctor who was part of the search team diagnosed a suspected pelvis fracture.

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