Four rescued at Webster Falls
Hamilton firefighters rescued four people from the bottom of Webster Falls after a party became trapped in the gorge Sunday afternoon.
The initial call for a high-angle rope rescue at the Greensville-area falls came at 3:40 p.m.
Navigating the rugged terrain, the crew pulled a woman to the top around 5:20 p.m., said fire department spokesperson Claudio Mostacci. Hamilton EMS said her injuries were minor.
The trouble started when a man climbing above the woman in the gorge slipped and fell onto her, causing her to plunge 20 feet, Mostacci said. That man, who wasn’t injured, was also rescued, followed by another woman, who wasn’t hurt either, and a man whose shin was banged up.
The quadruple rope rescue wrapped up around 7:45 p.m. All of the wayward hikers were middleaged, Mostacci said.
Firefighters were “surprised” to see at least 12 others at the bottom of the falls. They declined to be guided out, opting to hike up on their own.
The rescues come amid public and political backlash against people ignoring safety warnings and hopping barriers to access local waterfalls. Most mishaps have been at Albion Falls on the east Mountain.
Firefighters rescue a woman from the bottom of the gorge at Webster Falls.