Injured backcountry skier rescued just in time near Nelson, B.C., SAR team says

(Facebook/Nelson Search and Rescue)

A search and rescue crew in the B.C. Interior is praising an injured skier for activating their SOS device "as early as possible" when they got into trouble.

The backcountry skier was stuck near Enma Peak in the Whitewater backcountry near Nelson late Saturday afternoon, but there was just enough daylight left to allow Nelson Search and Rescue to perform a helicopter rescue.

The SAR team shared details and stunning photos of the rescue in a Facebook post Saturday evening, saying a long line rescue by helicopter was the most efficient way to retrieve the injured skier.

"Any later and possibly a night rescue and/or potential night out in the backcountry would have taken place, putting the subjects and/or rescuers at greater risk," Nelson SAR said in its post.

The skier was taken by helicopter to the Whitewater parking lot, where paramedics from B.C. Emergency Health Services were waiting.

The SAR team thanked Kootenay Valley Helicopters, Whitewater Ski Patrol, BCEHS, the RCMP and the local emergency co-ordination centre for their help with the rescue.