Medivac landing captures interest

Bridge Lake medical incident interesting to campers

A medivac helicopter near Bridge Lake Provincial Park was captured on Jered Hall's mobile phone after a man suffered a sudden health problem while launching his boat

A medivac helicopter near Bridge Lake Provincial Park was captured on Jered Hall's mobile phone after a man suffered a sudden health problem while launching his boat

Jered Hall, 12, of Burnaby, says a medivac helicopter landing caught the attention of himself and a bunch of other people at, or near, the Bridge Lake Provincial Park campground around 9 a.m. on Aug. 6.

When a man suffered a sudden health problem while launching his boat at the lakeshore, people gathered around while someone called 9-1-1, Jered explains.

“The ambulance picked up [the victim] at the campground and then drove over to someone’s house right beside the highway.

“Then, an air ambulance landed onto the lot and was there for about half an hour. They ended up not taking the guy out, but they just brought him out with the [vehicle] ambulance, and the air ambulance flew off.”

He notes the Interlakes Volunteer Fire Department also attended with two trucks and some first responders.

It was all so exciting that he snapped photos with his mobile phone as well as a video of the medivac helicopter taking off, Jered adds.

He explains it was revealed at the scene that the male victim, 66, had a pacemaker and yelled for help when he suffered a heart incident.

“We were at our trailer at our summer property at the lake next door. Our whole family came out and watched when the helicopter came down.”