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Saanich fire crews are working to rescue a man who injured his knee while hiking at Mount Douglas Park.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, first responders began working on extricating the man, who is in his 50s, from the mountain.

“We’re moving him to the top of the mountain as opposed to lowering him down because it is easier and safer,” Saanich Fire Assistant Deputy Chief Rob Heppell tells Victoria Buzz.

“We use safety lines and haul lines to use as a low slope rescue technique.”

Several fire trucks were spotted parked atop the mountain to aid in the rescue as Assistant Deputy Cheif Heppell points out, it takes a lot of man power to move a person who is not ambulatory.

As of the time of publication, an ambulance unit is poised to assess the injured man and transport him to a hospital.

The accident could be attributed to icy conditions resulting from the cold snap in the city last night.

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