COSAR was called to a rescue at Graystokes Provincial Park around 2pm on Sunday after a SPOT emergency beacon was activated to report a snowmobile rider with a heart attack.
COSAR responded with 16 members, including a snowmobile and UTV ground crew, which drove to the Graystokes. Valhalla Helicopters provided a Bell Jet Ranger and transported three COSAR members with advanced medical training from COSAR base to the patient at the Hilton Cabin.
A landing field had been prepared by members of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club. Meanwhile the COSAR snowmobile crew stood by as a backup in case the helicopter was unable to reach the patient.
Fortunately, that was not the case and the helicopter returned to YLW and a waiting ambulance.
The patient was transported to Kelowna General Hospital and is being treated.