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Man, 73, rescued after fall at Mount Finlayson

Apr 07 2012

Langford firefighters broke out ropes, a basket stretcher and an all-terrain vehicle Friday to rescue a man who had fallen while hiking Mount Finlayson.

Langford Assistant Fire Chief Scott Davidson said the call came in at 11:30 a.m. and saw 13 firefighters respond to Goldstream Park. A 73-year-old man had fallen about five metres down the south face of the Mount Finlayson, suffering a cut to his head.

Firefighters reached the man and bundled him into a rigid basket stretcher. At times during the rescue, rain and sleet fell; for safety, the man in the stretcher was lowered down by rope instead of being carried.

Eventually, the man was low enough on the mountain to be bundled into the all-terrain vehicle and brought out through Bear Mountain Golf Course, adjacent to the park. An ambulance transported the man to Victoria General Hospital.

Davidson said the people of the Langford Fire Department routinely practice wilderness and mountain rescue procedures. The department deals with up to 12 rescues each year on Mount Finlayson.

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