Man hoisted off Trent River Bridge

Cumberland Fire Rescue notes the area is high and dangerous

  • Aug. 14, 2013 3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumberland Fire Rescue aided the rescue of a man stuck over the side of the Trent River Bridge around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The man was about 40 feet down the side of the 100 foot-high bridge when he became stuck in his rope after he rappelled off the trestle.

A female hiker with the man could not help him after a variety of attempts and called emergency services.

Cumberland Rescue #4 and crew aided in the rescue, which began at dark. They dropped a rope and hoisted the person to safety.

The hiker had been there for some time in his climbing harness and could no longer feel his legs from the blood supply being restricted, but once on the road, he was examined by BC Ambulance and was released.

Cumberland Fire Department notes the area is very high and dangerous, and there is large gaps between the rail ties — a dangerous platform to be working.

“I am very proud of the fire crew. (They) did a great job keeping everyone safe and performing a rescue of this type at night from this trestle 100 feet up. The crew did an outstanding, risky job,” added Cumberland fire chief Mike Williamson.

Cumberland Fire Department

 

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