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Search and rescue teams from across the Okanagan team up to find a lost cyclist near Angel Springs – Kelowna News


He was wet, cold and exhausted, but a Kelowna man is fine after being rescued from a remote area between Myra Canyon and KLO Creek Regional Park after spending a chilly night in the wilderness.

Ed Henczel of Central Okanagan Search and Rescue told Castanet that they were approached by the man’s girlfriend Sunday afternoon when the man in his 30s failed to return home. He had set out for a ride in the Angel Spring area but seems to have gotten way off the track.

COSAR activated 15 members around dusk, including a ground, dog and e-bike team, who continued to search until about 2 a.m.

At first light, COSAR resumed the search, with the help of crew members from Vernon Search and Rescue and Penticton Search and Rescue.

“In the meantime, the gentleman had walked wherever he could — his cell phone was dying — to where he could get a text and sent his coordinates,” Henczel said. “He was way above KLO Creek, far from the established trails.”

A ground team went in and found the man around 11:30 a.m. He was flown out thanks to the rescue team from the PenSAR helicopter.

The cyclist was checked by BC EHS paramedics, and besides being cold and tired, he was unharmed and released.

This was the second time this year that COSAR has been called upon to locate someone lost in the Myra Canyon area and the 12th rescue nearby. All the others were for injured walkers and cyclists.

“COSAR wants to remind adventurers: don’t go alone and grab the ten essentials. He had a cold, cold night and all it took was a lighter and a bit of tinder to get a campfire going and I guarantee his night would have been a lot more fun,” Henczel added.

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