B.C. road worker spends night down 80-foot embankment; airlifted to hospital

Penticton Search and Rescue and RCMP were called in to help a road maintenance employee who spent the night on an 80-foot embankment. The victim suffered severe exposure in the Chute Lake Road area near Naramata on Wednesday morning.

Search and rescue manager Randy Brown said PENSAR was able to airlift people out of steep terrain, but their condition at this time was unclear.

Penticton RCMP called Penticton Search and Rescue after a road maintenance worker was reported missing in the Chute Lake area at 7:20 a.m. (November 9).

A missing person was reportedly operating a motor grader on Chute Lake Road and had not heard anything from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. the previous night.

PENSAR sent more than a dozen volunteers to respond, including two ground troops. An air operations team was then called in to assist with the rescue.

Police located the track on the side of the road and found the victim 80 feet below the embankment.

SAR members begin medical emergencies for exposure. The victim was evacuated from the scene by helicopter due to serious injuries and steep terrain.

The patient was taken to Penticton Hospital for treatment.

Penticton Search and Rescue

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