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Mountain biker taken to hospital with serious injuries

File photo of mountain biker. (iStock Photo)

The man, believed to be in his mid-30s, had to be airlifted to safety

Firefighters were concerned about the extent of his injuries

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A mountain biker has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after an accident on a trail on Mount Seymour.

District of North Vancouver Fire Department got a call about an injured biker around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Once on scene our members did determine that the injuries appeared to be significant enough that transportation of the patient back out on the trail would not be the best course of action,” says Fire Chief Brian Hutchinson.

He says the team worked closely with North Shore Rescue to airlift the injured man from the trail.

Hutchinson says the man remained conscious throughout the rescue but they were worried about the extent of his injuries.

“What our concern was is that there were indications of lack of feeling in extremities, so our primary concern based on the mechanism of the injury was spinal.”

The biker, believed to be in his mid-30s, was on a very complicated bike trail, Hutchinson adds.

“The area that they were in is a very technical, very steep trail. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for error and that was the cause of the incident this evening,” he says.

-With files from Jonathan Szekers