Rocky Mountain rescue of injured ice climber caught on camera

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“He stopped above the ice fall, and we looked at the base of the ice fall and we could see a couple of guys moving around there, and that’s when we knew, somebody was hurt there.”

Crews rescue a climber who fell 12 metres while ice climbing near Abraham Lake on Friday, Jan. 15 2021. Courtesy Rocky Mountain House RCMP
Crews rescue a climber who fell 12 metres while ice climbing near Abraham Lake on Friday, Jan. 15 2021. Photo by Courtesy Rocky Mountain House RCMP

The helicopter, operated by Ahlstrom, lifted the climbers from the area and flew them to the area where emergency crews were stationed.

There, medical crews treated the injured man at the scene before STARS flew him to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

At the time of his arrival in hospital about 7:20 p.m., he was in serious but not life-threatening condition, having sustained multiple broken bones, according to STARS.

In a news release, Rocky Mountain House RCMP commended the teamwork from crews that enabled the successful rescue.

“Everyone who assisted in this rescue should be commended for their professional, swift and incredible work,” the release read.

Meanwhile on Friday, officials in Chestermere, just east of Calgary, dealt with an icy situation of their own.

Peace officers in the city responded to a call that afternoon about a child who was seen falling through the ice at the Kinniburgh Storm Pond before rescuing themselves and leaving the area.

Chestermere Fire Services found evidence at the storm pond of a child falling through the snow-covered ice. After searching the water, fire crews determined the child had been freed.

Officials with the municipality said Saturday peace officers had managed to contact the family of the child and confirmed their well-being.

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