North Van firefighters respond to mountain biking accident

District of North Vancouver firefighters raced to the scene of a mountain biking accident on Mount Fromme Sunday afternoon where a 13-year-old boy was injured.

The boy was mountain biking on the Bobsled mountain bike trail, a run with some advanced features, when he lost control and crashed.

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The boy was knocked unconscious for a short period of time, when a parent who was with the boy and other mountain bikers arrived on the scene.

David Dales, assistant chief of operations for District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue, said firefighters got the call around 3:30 p.m. and raced to the scene with a vacuum splint that six firefighters used to immobilize the boy and carry him off the mountain.

“They basically ran up the trail,” he said.

Dales had no further information about the boy’s condition but firefighters treated it as a case of possible spinal injuries.

“We really try to treat these as a traumatic medical call.”

Dales cautioned the public to be careful, warning that local trails have been very busy lately.

The mountain bike rescue was the second trail rescue of the day for North Vancouver firefighters. Earlier Sunday, firefighters helped a woman in her 50s who had fallen and injured her shoulder on the Homestead Trail while hiking. She was able to walk out on her own with assistance, said Dales.


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