Cut­ting it close

Fire depart­ment re­sponds to lawn trac­tor roll over

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MITCH MAC­DON­ALD

A Grand Tracadie woman sur­vived a close call after rolling her lawn trac­tor over a beach cliff last week.

North Shore Fire Depart­ment and Is­land EMS re­ceived a call for a res­cue just be­fore 2 p.m. last Fri­day.

Fire chief Ja­son Black­man said the woman was about half­way down the cliff, which he es­ti­mated to be about six feet, while the trac­tor was at the bot­tom when fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

“From what we gath­ered at the scene, the brakes gave out just be­fore the cliff and she didn’t have time to re­act, to jump off or shut the trac­tor down in time,” said Black­man.

Black­man said the weight of the lawn trac­tor caused it to nose­dive, which threw the woman over the front end.

The trac­tor then rolled on top of the woman be­fore tum­bling down the rest of the way onto the beach.

The woman was not touched by the lawn­mower’s blades, which were run­ning at the time.

“She was re­ally lucky,” said Black­man, not­ing that the woman was also thank­ful that a pedes­trian walk­ing on the beach no­ticed the in­ci­dent and came to her aid.

The pedes­trian called emer­gency ser­vices.

Fire­fight­ers car­ried the woman on a stretcher, while Is­land EMS trans­ported the woman to hos­pi­tal.

Black­man said while the call was un­com­mon for the depart­ment, fire­fight­ers were pre­pared.

“You never know what you’re go­ing to get called for day-to-day,” he said. “We train for ev­ery­thing, so we’re pre­pared a num­ber of dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios.”

“You never know what you’re go­ing to get called for day-to-day. We train for ev­ery­thing, so we’re pre­pared a num­ber of dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios.” Ja­son Black­man

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