One person was flown out of a backcountry area near Whitewater on Jan. 22. Photo: Submitted

One person was flown out of a backcountry area near Whitewater on Jan. 22. Photo: Submitted

Injured skier rescued in backcountry near Whitewater

One person flown out by helicopter

Nelson Search and Rescue rescued an injured skier from near Enma Peak in the Whitewater Backcountry near Nelson on Saturday.

The rescue was carried out with a helicopter and long line, according to a social media post by Nelson SAR.

“There was just enough daylight left in the day for this method to be effective,” the post states. “The subject was rescued, transported via long line to the Whitewater parking lot and put into the care of paramedics with (emergency services).”

SAR also said it was important to note that the rescued person used their SOS device as early as possible in the day.

“Any later and possibly a night rescue and/or potential night out in the backcountry would have taken place, putting the subjects and/or rescuers at greater risk.”

Also involved in addition to SAR were Kootenay Valley Helicopters, Whitewater Patrol, BCEHS, RCMP, and the Emergency Coordination Centre.