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Hiker with injured ankle rescued in Sooke Hills

Apr 23 2012

About 20 Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue members made the trek into Sooke Hills on Sunday to help an injured hiker, who had severely injured her ankle.

A group of four or five hikers had spent the morning in the forested area in and around Sooke Mountain Provincial Park.

One of the women, thought to be in her early 20s, injured her ankle and was unable to walk out. Initially outside cellphone range, several of her friends hiked out in a bid to find cellular reception.

They found a canoe on Shields Lake and paddled across. There they met another couple hiking and asked them for help, search and rescue officials said.

The hikers walked out to cell range and called for help around 2 p.m., said Bill Meikle, assistant search and rescue manager.

Search and rescue officials arrived, assessed the injured woman’s injuries and helped the hikers leave.

“They would have been walking in a pretty rough area with rocky terrain and fairly slippery in spots,” Meikle said. “They were up there most of the day before we got the call, so they were happy to get down, get out and to be gone.”

One search and rescue member, a paramedic, suggested the injured woman head to Victoria General Hospital to have her ankle examined.

“It was pretty serious,” said Meikle. “It was giving her a lot of pain.”