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Longline rescue of injured hiker near Grouse Mountain

Last Updated Jul 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm PDT

Undated file photo shows North Shore Rescue team. (Photo via Facebook: North Shore Rescue)

The injured hiker was taken to hospital

Due to the location of the group the hiker had to be rescued by helicopter

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A 61-year-old hiker had to be rescued by helicopter Sunday evening after injuring his knee.

The man and two others were hiking the Crown Mountain trail near Grouse Mountain when he fell and got hurt.

“They had made it up to the summit but on their way down he had taken a fall and possibly turn his ACL. So he was not able to put weight on that leg at all,” said Mike Danks with North Shore Rescue.

He said luckily the hikers had a fully charged cellphone and were able to call for help. But due to their location, the team was forced to rescue the hiker by air.

“Extracting him from that area would take a very long time over land so we made the call to do a longline rescue.”

After the rescue, the man was taken to hospital.

Danks said the hikers were well prepared and were able to help their friend until help arrived.

“They had extra clothing that they could put on him to keep him warm and off the ground. And the fact that they had a fully charged cellphone obviously is a good thing,” Danks said.

He said it’s very important people are well prepared before a hike.