Rope Rescue in Oakville, Ontario, Canada


Oakville firefighters performed a rope rescue early Tuesday evening to reach a 15-year-old boy who was on a side of a cliff in Wildwoods Park.

Fire crews and paramedics were called to the scene, near Dorval Drive and North Service Road West, just before 6 p.m.

“The individual was down about 20 feet (7 metres) on a very, very steep incline,” said Deputy Fire Chief Andy Glynn. “Fire crews had to set up a rope rescue system to go down and remove him from the side of the bank.”

The rescue last approximately 1.5 hours, and the teen was transported by paramedics to Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for a possible case of hypothermia.

Glynn said the Oakville Fire Department encourages residents to “stay away from those steep inclines on the river bank especially this time of year.”

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