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STARS flies man rescued from crevasse in life-threatening condition from Lake Louise

Man rescued Thursday suffered serious injuries near Lake Louise
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STARS air ambulance RMO FILE PHOTO

STARS air ambulance has flown a 40-year-old man in life-threatening condition after he was rescued from a crevasse on Thursday (April 18).

Stuart Brideaux, public education officer for Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services, said EMS and STARS responded to the Lake Louise helipad to await arrival of a patient from Alpine Helicopters at about 11:50 a.m. Thursday.

"The patient had sustained a fall and required rescue from a crevasse. EMS and STARS assumed care of the adult in critical and life-threatening condition at Louise," said Brideaux. "They were subsequently flown to Foothills Medical Centre, still in critical condition."

Blake Robert, a communications officer for STARS, said the patient, a 40-year-old man, was suffering injuries “consistent with a fall in a mountainous area.”

STARS flew the man to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, he said.

"STARS was subsequently dispatched to a scene call emergency in the Lake Louise area this afternoon in response to a patient suffering injuries consistent with a fall in a mountainous area," said Robert.

There were no details on the exact location of the incident. Parks Canada was not immediately available to provide information.

It is believed the incident occurred in Banff National Park, north of Lake Louise.

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