Woman rescued from popular St. John's hiking trail

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Supt. Keon Penney.  Telegram photo

Some quick-thinking bystanders helped save a woman who fell over a ledge at the Outer Battery this morning.
Crews with the rope access team of the St. John's Regional Fire Department were called to the walking trails on Signal Hill around 10:20 a.m. where they were told that a woman had fallen.
Supt. Keon Penney says the situation could have been much worse had it not been for other walkers that helped the woman.
"She just slipped and fell and was hanging in a very precarious position but it just so happened that there was a bystander right on scene that secured her and pulled her back up onto the ledge," he says.
Penney says he's not sure whether the woman was local or a tourist. She wasn't injured in the fall.
He says every year there are incidents like this one and that people should be cautious hen on the trails.
"If you're using the trails stay on the trails, the marked trails. Don't be venturing off, obey all the warning signs, don't get too close to the edges and always watch the weather."

Geographic location: St. John's, Signal Hill

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  • D.C.
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    For the record, it was not some bystanders that pulled the woman off the cliff face, it was 2 Eastern Health Paramedics, and 2 RNC officers.

    And 1 very heroic bystander that held onto her for over 20 minutes while help arrived.

    The fire department had not made it to the scene yet.

  • JT
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Typical journalism. The fire department arrives once the choas is under control by other safety/emergency officials, and they may have to respond to a couple of serious fires a year and tear a few vehicles apart at accident scenes, and they are forever the Invincible Heros. However, the police respond sometimes to over a hundred calls a day, regularly deal with the worst of humanity putting their lives at risk every minute they are on patrol, and they never even get a mention. Not to mention the life and death decisions the EMT's have to make in just a split second.

    I'm not saying the Men and Women of our Fire Departments don't do a wonderful job and put their lives at risk for others as well, but they are not the only ones! Thank-you to the police and all other emergency responders that selflessly help people every day. The community appreciates your hard work and dedication and realizes that it isn't just the Basement Savers that do good work!

  • D
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    i guess that eastern health must have got the call first, or maybe they just happened to be in the area? Thanks to those that rescued that woman, maybe next time the same crew will use a homemade device to do it or thay could just wait thill those properly trained arrive.

  • darls
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Thank God there are still good people here ....i was beginning to wonder.....

  • Donny
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Newfoundland is the 16th largest island in the world and we still have people hanging on by their fingernails.

  • D
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    JT, some very valid points. however, i;m sure that the RNC and HSC paramedics neither had the proper equipment, and traing to handle such an incident, if athe individual did happen to slip further or her condition became more severe. Maybe if they looked after ccrowd control and limited the access to the scene response times would be faster. as for fires and TEARING cars apart, maybe eastern health should get a fire dept, we all know that they cant handle what they have now, maybe that would be a better avenue for them to take.

    Invincible hero's --- the split second decisions they make, may just put themselves and others at harm.