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Fernie Search and Rescue Respond to Skier Injured in Avalanche

Fernie Search and Rescue received a report of an injured skier who was caught in an avalanche in the 1942 Chute area on Monday.

Fernie SAR said that the skier, a 22-year-old man from the Fernie area, is estimated to have fallen 200 meters through difficult terrain, sustaining a chest injury.

The avalanche, according to Fernie SAR, was triggered by a cornice, which is overhanging, hardened snow.

The skier was part of a group of six people who were prepared and able to call for help and begin to save him.

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Fernie SAR said it responded with two SAR techs on snowmobiles and via helicopter. The injured man was brought out to the Highway to B.C. Ambulance Service by a snowmobile.

According to Fernie SAR, the event was a reminder that wilderness rescue depends on the resources available on a given day. It said that the rescue would have been quicker and simpler if crews were able to use longline rescue capability.

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