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Heli rescue in Whitewater backcountry

Nelson Search and Rescue (NSAR) were called to extract an injured skier out of the Whitewater backcountry Saturday afternoon.

One of a group of foreign tourists had injured their knee and because of the remote location in the 5-Mile Basin it was decided a helicopter was needed before day-light was lost.

A successful “hover rescue” was made.

Nelson SAR are re-iterating the need to make a distress call right away, especially with the limited day-light at this time of year.

The group of tourists had initially delayed their 911 call for fear of being charged for a rescue.

But BC SAR – like their fellow agencies across Canada- do not charge for this service.

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