Mountain biking in British Columbia: Man with head and chest injuries rescued from Penticton Mountain

Search teams were called to a mountain in British Columbia’s Okanagan over the weekend to rescue a mountain biker with injuries to his chest and neck after an incident.

Penticton Search and Rescue said in a social media post that it was called around noon on Sunday about a 52-year-old man who was injured while cycling behind Nkwala Mountain.

The area, which is less than 10 kilometers outside of Penticton, has a network of mountain bike trails and connects to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.

Search teams said nine team members assisted with the call and used two side-by-sides and a Jeep to reach the man. The biker was evacuated from the mountain and assisted by paramedics in the West Bench area of ​​Penticton.

The entire rescue call lasted about three hours, Penticton SAR said.

According to the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, approximately 70% of mountain biking injuries seen in hospitals are caused by falls. In addition, around 70% of injured cyclists say that riding errors are the main cause of injury. However, poor trail conditions can also be a factor.

Penticton SAR did not report the severity of the biker’s injuries or how he was injured.

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