Canning firefighters, County rope team perform rescue at Amethyst Cove

John Decoste
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Canning firefighters and the Kings county High-Level Rope Rescue Team rescued a man Friday afternoon from the cliffs above Amethyst Cove near Cape Split.  

Canning deputy fire Chief Jeff Skaling confirmed the page was received from Kings District RCMP at 2:10 p.m. to render assistance to a person stranded and possibly injured on the cliff.  

Canning firefighters responded and also called for the High-Level Rope Rescue Team, made up of firefighters from New Minas and Waterville and District as well as Canning.  

Skaling confirmed Canning firefighters reached the area first, using "a lot of our resources" to reach the scene. The conditions on the trail were poor, with a lot of icy patches.  

Skaling explained in that area, "the terrain varies from a steep scramble to steep and rocky."  

The fire department was able to get a firefighter down to where the man was, about 300 feet down from the top of the cliff which is approximately 500 feet high at that point.  

When the rest of the Rope Rescue Team arrived, they were able to successfully complete the rescue.  

The man, who was fortunately not that seriously injured,"only bumps and bruises," was back up and safe by shortly before 6 p.m. Firefighters were packed up by 7 p.m.  

The man "hadn't fallen that far, and had managed to climb part of the way back up before slipping back." Given the circumstances, Skaling said, "he's a lucky man."

Geographic location: New Minas, Cape Split, Blomidon Amethyst Cove

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  • Sandra Weldon
    January 11, 2014 - 09:08

    Very poor spelling of your geographic location. There is NO Cape Boliden, New Minas. There is a Cape Blomidon in Kings County. Amethyst Cove Is Off of the Cape Split trail just outside of Scots Bay.