Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, along with the Cumberland Fire Department and BC Ambulance were called to assist an injured mountain biker in Cumberland Saturday. Photo by CVGSAR

Team effort rescues injured mountain biker in Cumberland

Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, the Cumberland Fire Department and BC Ambulance teamed up to assist an injured mountain biker Saturday.

CVGSAR president Paul Berry said the team received a page during its annual helicopter training on Forbidden Plateau.

Team members responded to Cumberland, where they had to go off-trail and use a rope set-up to steady the stretcher for the mountain biker in order for him to be assisted by BC Ambulance.

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The biker was transported to hospital by BC Air Ambulance; his condition is unknown.

Berry encourages riders of all experience and skill levels who are adventuring into the backcountry to be prepared.

“Make sure you share your location where you’re riding with another person, and download an app like Trail Forks which tracks your GPS position and has an emergency feature,” he said.

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