I'm writing this letter in hopes that the smokers in B.C., most importantly, here in Whistler, get this message: Your cigarette butts are fire hazards!
The other day while I was at Rainbow Lake, a girl had flicked her cigarette butt into the trees. My friend had noticed her do it, as well as noticing the cigarette was still lit. He then went over and put the cigarette out for her, while she continued into the bathroom. What was she thinking? Does she not hear/watch the news? Or does she not care?
My letter is not to tell people how bad smoking is for your health, but even worse: it could result in major forest fires. If I had my way cigarettes would have another tax added on for forest fire prevention. Two out of three fires are started by mankind. Please, please, please put out your cigarette butts properly!
I would like to offer my deepest thanks and gratitude to the communities of Gun Creek, Tyax, Pemberton and Whistler, and everyone's collective effort in rescuing our friend Brent McIvor from the Eldorado Creek area in a mountain bike accident on Sunday, June 27.
I was quickly dispatched to people like Dave Steers and Russell McNolty of Pemberton Search and Rescue through the local RCMP. Patricia and John Goats of Pemberton Helicopters were able to respond to a provincial dispatch in a timely matter that made the world of difference, getting a helicopter in before dark to the rescue site. Thank you so much for your help and effort. The landing site was not the easiest to manoeuvre and John's piloting made it feel like we were coming into an airport.
I am also grateful to have met Dr. Jel Coward, who was able to stabilize Brent's condition and help ready for transport. Without him, I feel it would have been impossible to move Brent five feet. And I am sure the medical attention he later received in Whistler and in Vancouver helped save his life.
I would also like to thank people like Barry and his wife at Spruce Lake Wilderness Tours, and Clyde at Tyax Mountain Lodge, who helped make the rescue logistics come together, and their efforts are deeply appreciated. Thank you.
Finally, I would like to thank Keith McIvor and Aron Griffiths, my friends. Two people that I was riding with, after being with some of the nicest spirits in Whistler for the better part of the day. These friends helped Brent through those first hours of his condition, and without them, who knows what could have happened. They were there for him, and myself alike.