Firefighters, helicopter rescue injured hiker from cliffs at Blomidon

John Decoste
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Local firefighters, with the assistance of a Cormorant helicopter from 14 Wing Greenwood, rescued an injured hiker from Cape Blomidon Saturday afternoon.

Canning firefighters responded to the call for a person in distress around 1:30 p.m. May 17. According to deputy fire Chief Jeff Skaling, two hikers had walked along the beach from Blomidon Provincial Park. One of the hikers decided to climb the cliff face, but he fell and was injured. He was stranded -  unable to climb up or down.

The Kings County high angle rope rescue team, Skaling said, from  Canning, Waterville and District and New Minas responded to the scene. Two water rescue boats were dispatched from the New Minas station.

When it became obvious the injured person could not be reached by either of those means, a Cormorant helicopter was dispatched from Greenwood, and the injured hiker was eventually rescued by helicopter. 

No details were available on the extent of the victim’s injuries. Firefighters were on scene for more than three hours.

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