NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Yesterday’s nasty weather made a rescue near Grouse Mountain difficult for crews.

North Shore Rescue crews had just a 10-minute window to get a man in his 40′s off Crown Mountain after he tumbled 200 feet.

North Shore Rescue’s Tim Jones says it happened around 4 p.m.

“He shattered his femur and his lower leg. A very severe injury. He was hypothermic and was lucky he wasn’t killed,” explains Jones.

He adds the man was climbing with a group of friends and they were all experienced.

“They all had ice axes and crampons. They had the good fortune that they had a cell phone and they also had an emergency beacon that they activated.”

Rescue crews were able to airlift the man off the mountain and he is now recovering in hospital.