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Injured skier rescued by helicopter near Whitewater

Nelson Search and Rescue rescued an injured skier Saturday near Enma Peak in the Whitewater backcountry using a helicopter.

In a Facebook post, the organization says it decided the “safest, most efficient way” to perform the rescue was with the helicopter and a long line.

“There was just enough daylight left in the day for this method to be effective,” the post read.

The skier, a man in his 20s, suffered a broken ankle. He was taken to the Whitewater parking lot and put in the care of paramedics. There was no immediate word on their condition or the extent of their injuries.

Search and Rescue said it was important that the man used their SOS device when he did.

“Any later and possibly a night rescue and/or potential night out in the backcountry would [have] taken place putting the subject and/or rescuers at greater risk,” the organization wrote.
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