BOWEN ISLAND (NEWS 1130) – Rescue crews say a man would have died while hiking on Bowen Island on Sunday if not for the actions of a fellow hiker.
Mike Danks is the Team Lead with North Shore Rescue. He says a 63 year old was hiking with his two sons on Sunday when he collapsed, unconscious on the trail.
“I can’t imagine what they were going through in that moment, seeing their dad down,” Danks says.
His terrified sons gave him CPR until other hikers stumbled on the scene. One knew first aid, could tell something was blocking the man’s breathing and managed to clear his airway.
Danks says that saved the man’s life.
“For another group of hikers to come across them and to react so calmly and efficiently is really a breath of fresh air,” he says.
The man was eventually airlifted off Mount Gardner and taken to hospital, and appears to be doing alright.
Danks says the bystander who helped is a hero, and adds they could be in line for an award.