A mountain biker was injured in a fall high in the hills in Nanaimo and had to be airlifted to hospital.
Emergency services were called to Weigles Road a little after 1:30 p.m. Sunday to a mountain biking accident in the trails at the top of Doumont Hill.
Alex Mattes, unit chief for B.C. Emergency Health Services Station 20, said the mountain biker sustained serious injuries in the fall.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief Troy Libbus said firefighters assisted BCEHS with transporting the patient, hiking about two kilometres into the bush.
Fire crews also helped set up a helicopter landing zone further down the hill on Doumont Road.
Mattes said the new air ambulance stationed at Parksville “greatly reduced the response time and significantly increased us getting the patient to proper care quicker.”
BCEHS couldn’t provide further details about the patient or the patient’s condition.