Skiers rescued from two backcountry lodges

There were two separate medical evacuations from backcountry lodges this week.

Two men with medical problems were helicoptered out of two backcountry lodges this week.

Nelson Search and Rescue was activated for two separate medical evacuations from backcountry lodges this week.

On Tuesday, search and rescue was called out to evacuate a man by helicopter from Powder Creek Lodge. He had suffered an accidental fall within the lodge resulting in a serious back injury that required immediate medical attention. Search and rescue was able to access the lodge through dense valley cloud and transferred the subject to emergency health services.

On Thursday, search and rescue evacuated a man from the Slocan Chief Cabin in Kokanee Glacier Park.  He was suffering from heart issues and was in need of medical aid. Search and rescue was again able to access the area through dense valley cloud by helicopter but was unable to get back through the valley cloud on the return flight. The man was flown to the Busk ski area parking lot above the cloud cover and was safely transferred to emergency health services.

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