Feature Story                                                                                                            Sunday, June 30, 2013

                     

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Catman defies death in 80 foot plunge at Bridal Falls

Staff/Voice photos

 

BC Ambulance paramedics arrive at CGH with a man injured Saturday at Bridal Falls Park. The hikers companion waits alongside on the left.

 

22-year-old man was lucky to have survived a fall of approximately 80 feet while clambering around in the out of bounds area at Bridal Falls on Saturday.

 

Help arrived on the scene within minutes. Paramedics stabilized the man and emergency crews brought him out for the 15 minute drive to Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH).

 

According to RCMP spokesperson Cst. Cynthia Kershaw, when emergency personnel got there, the man was found to be "conscious and talking", and may have sustained a couple of broken bones from careening off the rock wall, but injuries weren't life-threatening.

 

Kershaw said he may have sustained a couple of broken bones from careening off the rock wall, but none of his injuries were life-threatening.

 

"Ambulance and fire attended first," she said. "The victim was in the out of bounds area climbing up the falls when he fell a substantial distance."

 

Paramedics arrived at the CGH with the man firmly strapped down to the spinal board.

 

It's a good idea for hikers to know their limits and heed signs. In remote and hard-to-access areas, the more isolated you are, the harder it is for teams to get to you out.

 

Places in the Lower Mainland like Lynn Creek and Capilano Canyon are notorious for people falling when out of bounds. Play safe this summer hey.

 

 

 

 

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