Monday, May 5, 2008

Police update rider rescue story

South Porcupine OPP officers, working with the assistance of the Timmins Police Service and the Timmins Search and Rescue Team, successfully located and rescued a local man who had been injured while horseback riding in the Grassy River area during the evening of Friday, May 2nd, 2008.
The OPP had received a report at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening that a 59 yr old Timmins man had fallen off his horse followed by the horse falling onto him resulting in serious but non-life threatening injuries. A comprehensive search effort was coordinated by the South Porcupine OPP which commenced that evening which culminated with the rescue of the injured person shortly after midnight that evening. The injured man was taken to Timmins and District Hospital by ambulance.
The injured man had been horseback riding in a party of 3 along the east bank of the Grassy River in Price Twp (south of Timmins) when the incident occurred.
The OPP deployed its Emergency Response Team (ERT), a canine unit, and OPP ATV officers who worked in conjunction with the Timmins Police Service and the members of the Timmins Search and Rescue Team. Search efforts were hampered by the remoteness of the area, terrain, weather and lack of daylight, but the injured man was being attended to by a member of his party who happened to be a medical doctor.

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