Geologist Rescued North of Bell II by Smithers, Terrace SAR Teams

John Crawford
08/12/2019

Search-and-rescue teams from Smithers and Terrace were involved in a dramatic rescue north of Bell Two over the weekend.

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[ALL PHOTOS:   Terrace Search and Rescue / Facebook] 

 

A geologist working in an area near Burrage Creek Saturday afternoon slipped and fell in a steep gully area, breaking his ankle, according to a post on the Terrace SAR Facebook page.

With darkness approaching, the two SAR teams decided a top-down rope rescue would take too long and cause undue hardship for the injured man.

So the Terrace Class-D Fixed Line (CDFL) Team quickly set-up its equipment, and a two -man longline team was taken to the injured man, where he was secured and lifted to the Bulkley Valley SAR Team for medical aid.

That took about 30 minutes.

The injured geologist -- a 26-year-old man from the Vancouver area -- was flown by helicopter to Terrace for surgery Saturday evening.  

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=== TERRACE SAR FACEBOOK POST ===

Saturday, August 10 at approximately 1500 hrs, Terrace SAR Class D Fixed Line (CDFL) Team was requested to assist Smithers SAR in the rescue of an injured Geology worker in the Burrage Creek Area. The Geologist slipped/fell and broke his ankle in a step gully area. The team demobilized from Terrace with Yellowhead Helicopters for the 331 km onw-way trip to the isolated working area. Once on scene the CDFl team briefed with Smithers SAR. Due to the onset of darkness and the steepness of the terrain both teams decided a top-down rope rescue would take several hours and cause undue hardship for the injured Geology worker. The Terrace CDFL team quickly set-up their equipment, a two -man longline team were taken to the subject, where he was packaged and returned to the Smithers Team for medial aid. The CDFL part of the operation took approximate 30 minutes. The three helicopters on scene demobilized from the area with Smithers SAR, the Geology work crew, and Terrace SAR, along with the injured worker. The injured worker was transported back to Terrace and handed over to EHS at the Yellowhead Helicopter Hanger at approximately 2130hrs.

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