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ATV rider rescued near Richmond

Firefighters, paramedics, RCMP and members of the Evangeline ATV Club helped rescue an ATV rider in distress near Richmond, Thursday.
Firefighters, paramedics, RCMP and members of the Evangeline ATV Club helped rescue an ATV rider in distress near Richmond, Thursday. - Contributed

A man from Nova Scotia had to be rescued near Richmond after his ATV rolled on top of him Thursday afternoon.

A group of riders from Nova Scotia was touring P.E.I., following ATV trails in the Richmond area when one of them, an adult male, was involved in an accident.

The rider was climbing an embankment when his throttle reported stuck. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled on top of him.

The group called 911 for help, but because they were unfamiliar with their surroundings and couldn’t describe their location to the 911 dispatcher. Some of them continued on the trail until they got to a road where they flagged down a car for help.

Wellington Fire Department responded and its members had to use their new ATV rescue trailer to extract the injured man. The trailer was used to transport equipment, firefighters, paramedics and RCMP officers to the scene of the incident. Members of the Evangeline ATV Club also provided assistance.

Desmond Arsenault, communications officer for the Wellington Fire Department, said their fire area is relatively flat in terms of terrain, except for this one area where there are some substantial embankments. He said even with a powerful ATV and substantial tires it was still a difficult scene to reach.

The rescue took about two and a half hours and the victim is not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

“All in all, we are very pleased with this rescue, the very first one of its type since we received our new ATV rescue trailer this spring. Without this trailer, it would have been a very gruelling transport for our members in the 24-degree heat sand rough terrain,” said Arsenault.

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

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