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CHETWYND, B.C. – A Chetwynd Trapper was rescued Monday night after his quad went over a cliff on the Wabi Hill Tower Road near Chetwynd.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Chetwynd Fire Department, Chetwynd Search and Rescue Team, the RCMP and B.C. Ambulance were called to help rescue the trapper.  After four hours, the trapper was taken by STARS Air Ambulance to Grande Prairie for further treatment.  According to the Chetwynd Fire Department, the man suffered serious injuries and hyperthermia.

Motorists were stopped along Highway 97 as the helicopter landed and took off.

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In total, six sleds, sixteen first responders, six emergency vehicles including the Rescue Truck and the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Helicopter were all utilized.

UPDATE: Good news has arrived from Elsie Sawchuk and her family: The trapper involved in the rescue was Norm Sawchuk and he is in stable condition in Grande Prairie Hospital, Elsie expressed her thanks to everyone involved in the rescue, STARS for bringing him to GP and to all friends throughout the Peace.

Many prayers were made last evening and Norm is recovering comfortably.

Norm, Else and family will have a very joyous Christmas.

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