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Hiker rescued from Lakit Mountain

CAROLYN GRANT

A woman spent the night in a ravine on Lakit Mountain last Thursday, August 7 before being rescued by helicopter on Friday morning.

Kimberley RCMP and Cranbrook Search and Rescue, with an assist from rope experts from Golden SAR were all in on the rescue.

Kimberley RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel says that the call came in on Thursday evening.

"A woman called and said she had fallen at the top of Lakit Mountain near the lookout and sustained injuries. Kimberley RCMP officers attended along the with Cranbrook RCMP and the dog. Cranbrook Search and Rescue was called in."

Greg Bedwell from Cranbrook Search and Rescue says that when the rescue team arrived they located the woman down in a ravine.

"We were only able to climb down most of the way. It was getting darker and steeper so we had a member rappel down to her and spend the night."

Bedwell says the Golden team came by helicopter the next morning and "lined everyone off the mountain".

Newel says the woman sustained a broken wrist, cuts and scrapes and a head injury, not believed to be serious.

Bedwell says the woman was hiking alone.

"There are lots of people who hike alone but it's definitely not advisable," he said.

The woman did have a cell phone on her, which was how she was able to contact police.

Lakit Lookout is considered part of Cranbrook's jurisdiction for rescue and police although Kimberley RCMP did assist on the call.

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