Four res­cued at Webster Falls

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY AND TEVIAH MORO nor­eilly@thes­pec.com 905-526-3199 | @Ni­coleatTheSpec

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.

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Fire­fight­ers res­cue a woman from the bot­tom of the gorge at Webster Falls.

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