Hikers need to be extra cautious this time of year: fire superintendent
The St. John's Regional Fire Department wants people to be extra cautious if they're out on the trails this winter, after a hiker needed rescuing this weekend after he became lost.
Shift Supt. Robert Fowler says there are lessons to be learned from how a man became lost on the west side of Cuckold's Cove, near Quidi Vidi, Sunday afternoon.
The man had been walking the trails around Signal Hill when he got lost, and the high-angle rescue team had to be called in to rescue him.
"Given the terrain, the ice conditions and the high elevations and the rocks, we had our guys go up and set up a couple ropes and that more or less just as a guide everybody down so everybody got down safe," said Fowler.
Fowler said residents heading out on the trails need to take the proper precautions — especially taking into account the changing winter weather.
"If you're going to take it upon yourself to go up one of these trails, certainly let somebody know that's where you're going to so that they know. And also make sure that you're dressed for the weather, and don't go into areas that you're not prepared to go into," he said.
"We live in an area where there's lots of steep terrain and ice and snow, so you gotta be prepared for those things."
The hiker was treated Sunday for minor injuries, but Fowler said he was otherwise found safe after a few hours searching.