Woman rescued after fall in Golden Ears park

She was airlifted to Pitt Meadows airport, then taken to Royal Columbian Hospital.

A 35-year-old woman was airlifted out of Golden Ears Provincial Park early Saturday after she fell more than three metres near Alder Flats.

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue were called at 4:40 a.m. The woman, who  had been camping with friends in the backwoods area of the park, fell and suffered serious head trauma.

Rick Laing, manager of RMSR, said the team was able to access the fall site easily and airlift the woman to hospital.

He said a ground team was also dispatched, but because the fall happened in an area where they could land a helicopter, the extraction of the patient was much faster than expected.

The RMSR team arrived about two hours after first receiving the call.

“From my understanding, she has suffered serious head trauma, but that’s all we can confirm,” said Laing.

He added that a member of the camping party witnessed the fall and went to the Gold Creek Lookout for cell reception and mak=de the call for help, while another member of the group with first aid training was able to stabilize the woman until rescue crews arrived.

The patient was flown to the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport, where an ambulance crew was waiting. She was then rushed to Royal Columbian Hospital.