Qualicum Beach Mutual Aid

June 3, 2018

This afternoon the NSR Helicopter External Transport (HEC) team responded to the Qualicum Beach area of Vancouver Island to assist Comox Valley Search and Rescue with a mutual aid longline evacuation of an injured hiker. The 36-year-old hiker sustained multiple serious injuries, and upon Comox Search and Rescue stabilizing and packaging the patient, the decision was made that a helicopter longline extraction was the optimal form of transportation for the subject.

The 3 member NSR HEC team departed from our Cap Gate helicopter base on board a Talon Helicopters‘ aircraft. Upon arrival at the scene, they worked with Comox SAR personnel to extract the subject to waiting BC Ambulance Service paramedics at a nearby landing zone.

Great inter-agency cooperation and good weather made for a straightforward, albeit technical operation with a successful outcome.