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DNV fire crews rescue two injured hikers last week in seperate incidents
District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue crews were kept busy last Wednesday afternoon, responding to two separate incidents in the Seymour area involving injured hikers.
Assistant fire chief Mike Cairns said they were dispatched at 2:15 p.m. to a popular hiker trail located in the woods above Dorothy Lynas elementary. A 16-year-old female had been walking her two dogs when she slipped and fell a short distance off the side of the trail.
"The section was quite steep," said Cairns, who added conditions were good in the area.
Firefighters stabilized the woman, who sustained a "possible spinal injury," put her into a basket stretcher and carried her to the road where they were met by B.C. Ambulance Service.
Cairns said the woman also sustained an ankle injury in the fall and was taken to Lions Gate Hospital for treatment.
The next call came in at 5 p.m. and concerned an injured 50-year-old snowshoer on Dog Mountain on Mount Seymour.
"Obviously, our concerns were we were losing light at 5 o'clock," said Cairns. "We had lost light, and it was heavy snow."
While firefighters don't have a lot of technical snow gear, explained Cairns, they are equipped with crampons to put on their boots for better traction.
With the assistance of Mount Seymour ski patrol, fire crews were able to reach the man, who was located approximately 700 metres up the trail.
"We heard he had an injured ankle and couldn't put weight on it," said Cairns.
The man was brought down the mountain by emergency crews and taken to Lions Gate Hospital.
Cairns said North Shore Rescue was called as a precaution, but stood down after it was determined the situation was under control.
Seven firefighters and an assistant chief from two district fire halls were involved in the rescue.