Hamilton

Firefighters save 2 at Webster's Falls

Hamilton emergency crews were called to yet another rope rescue Tuesday night, as calls to the city’s waterfalls continue to mount.

This is the 2nd rescue at a Hamilton waterfall this week

One young woman was taken to hospital Tuesday evening after a rope rescue at Webster's Falls. (CBC)

Hamilton emergency crews were called to yet another rope rescue Tuesday night, as calls to the city's waterfalls continue to mount.

Emergency crews were first called to Webster's Falls in the evening for two young women who had gotten stuck at the bottom of the falls while hiking.

"They were uninjured, but could not get out," Hamilton fire public information officer Claudio Mostacci said.

While the original plan was to try to walk the two women out, by 6:11 p.m. one of the two started drifting in and out of consciousness in the cold and the rain, Mostacci said.

"They had to lower a stretcher to the bottom to get her to the top," he said. She was out by 8:50 p.m., when paramedics took her to hospital.

Firefighters then lowered a basket for the second woman, who was out by 9:30 p.m.

"They weren't injured in a fall or anything like that," Mostacci said.

It has been a banner year for rope rescues, with firefighters having been called to "a couple dozen" rescues already, Mostacci said — and the year is not yet through.

"It's definitely above where we were at last year."

This is the second rescue at a Hamilton waterfall this week. Emergency crews were also called to the Devil's Punch Bowl Monday after a man fell 30 metres.

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