Long line rescue suspension will cost lives: SAR
Rescuers prepare to long-line rescue an injured hiker from Coliseum Mountain on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (Brent Shearer/CTV)
CTV British Columbia
Published Monday, October 29, 2012 12:34PM PDT
Last Updated Monday, October 29, 2012 12:38PM PDT
Long line helicopter rescues have been suspended in B.C. indefinitely and search and rescue officials say lives will be lost as a result.
Rescuers rely on the helicopter team to save injured hikers, even in the most remote and difficult areas to reach.
But the long line rescues have been suspended because of a certification issue with the manufacturer.
“This is not a minor issue. It's a provincial issue and lives will be lost,” said Tim Jones, SAR team leader.
In the meantime, helicopter rescues must be handled by the military and Jones fears they won’t be able to handle the volume of requests.