(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A situation earlier this week on Wednesday near the Current River bluffs, had Superior North EMS, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, and Thunder Bay Police Service respond to an individual who fell from a rock cliff, appoxximately 40-feet in height.
The 911 call came in shortly after 8:00 am, which reported a man that had fallen off a cliff.
A seven person rescue team of 3 Superior North EMS Paramedics, 4 Thunder Bay Police Service Officers and several Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Firefighters were assembled and active on the scene to assist a critically injured 30-year-old male.
Rescuers made their way to the patient up a steep incline of loose rock and soil that was approximately 100 meters from where they had staged their vehicles.
On arrival, the patient presented with multiple fractures and showed signs of hemorrhagic shock, life-threatening injuries. The rescue team worked together to provide spinal care and IV access.
Extrication was then accomplished by the seven person team via spinal board. Paramedics and police officers got the male down the steep incline, to an awaiting ATV that Thunder Bay Fire Rescue had responded with.
The male was then worked on inside the ambulance, which moved him up the ladder of medical stability. The operation was accomplished safely, taking just over 60 minutes to complete. The patient was transported urgently to TBRHSC ER.
Outstanding cooperative effort on a physically demanding and serious incident.
The male was a member of a 4 person group, it is believed they were out taking in the scenery when tragedy struck. The male did not seem to be consistent with “rock-climber types”.
With files from Superior North EMS Paramedics Nolan R, Myles V and Brett B.