A tree felled by Friday's windstorm pinned a Vancouver woman to the ground and caused chest injuries and face lacerations.
The woman was discovered by her neighbour Dale Pugh whoo heard a call for help, CTV News reports.
"I went down there to check out what happened and sure enough there was someone trapped … underneath some plywood that had come down with the tree, some plywood fencing,” Pugh said.
"She was able to keep calling out, but then that was it, she went quiet.”
Pugh grabbed his own chainsaw and a jack and began hacking at the tree to take pressure of his neighbour's chest.
“To be honest, I thought she wasn’t breathing any more when I was cutting away,” Pugh said. “The last thing that she said was ‘I can’t breathe’ and then she didn’t say anything more.”
Fire crews responded and found her only feebly responsive. She was given first aid as soon as she was extricated from under the tree, and transported to hospital.
Wind reached up to 78 kilometres per hour in the Vancouver area Friday.
- with files from CTV Vancouver