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Castlegar Search and Rescue airlift injured skier from mountain top

The woman was transported to hospital with non-lifethreatening injury
An injured woman who was backcountry skiing in the Selkirk Mountain Range was safely transported to hospital by helicopter. Photo: Gustavo Nobrega/Castlegar Search and Rescue

Castlegar Search and Rescue airlifted an injured woman from the Selkirk Mountain Range on Sunday.

The 34-year-old backcountry skier from Calgary was located after an SOS emergency beacon was activated from a mountain hut, according to a news release from the Castlegar RCMP.

The owner of the beacon and the injured woman were part of a group of five people who had traversed Siwash Mountain between Castlegar and Salmo for a multiple overnight backcountry skiing trip.

“During the trip one of the four individuals suffered a medical emergency,” the news release states. “Though being afforded first aid at the remote hut they were staying at, there was concern of further injury should the individual continue, which included while descending the mountain.”

The injured woman was safely transported to hospital by helicopter.

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