On March 13, at 2:30 p.m., Crowsnest Pass RCMP received a call from a company that monitors back country emergencies to advise of an injured snowmobiler in the back country. The area where the subject was stranded, south of Coleman, Alta., was well known by emergency responders and was not accessible by vehicle.
Given the steep and high mountainous terrain and the location of the injured snowmobiler, it was decided that a helicopter long line was the best and most expedient approach to rescue. RCMP called for assistance from Kananaskis Mountain Rescue, as well as Crowsnest Pass Fire Department and EMS. The 25-year-old male, a resident of Hillcrest, Alta., was rescued and taken to a nearby hospital with what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Crowsnest Pass RCMP Detachment Commander, Sgt Randy Guinchard states, “This rescue was a great example of how multiple agencies work together for a common goal. Due to the quick thinking of all emergency responders involved, the injured male was safely and quickly rescued and was able to receive medical attention.”