CANADA: Hunter rescued after falling on rocks near Cook Creek


A hunter required rescuing after falling onto some rocks north of Qualicum Beach.

Members with Arrowsmith Search and Rescue responded to an area along Cook Creek at around 10 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports that a man out hunting had fallen on some rocks and hurt himself.

“We quickly attended the area and packaged up our hurt hunter and we’re able to bring him out to a waiting helicopter and flew him to the Qualicum Beach airport,” Nick Rivers, search manager with Arrowsmith SAR, told CHEK News.

Rivers said the man had dressed appropriately for the conditions and merely just slipped on some rocks.

The man suffered chest and upper body injuries as a result of the fall and it took rescuers a little more than four hours to get the man from his location to a helicopter that was waiting nearby, as crews had to pass a stretcher hand over hand through the bush.

“We were in bogs sinking and down to our knees in the mud trying to pass the stretch your hand over hand through the bush because we couldn’t walk with it,” recalled Rivers.

The hunter was eventually transported from Qualicum Beach airport to hospital. Rivers said people should be aware that with the end of summer near, the conditions are not as dry as they were even just a few weeks ago.


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