Responders want more warning signs on Cape Split trail
Ignoring the rules can lead to 'tragic results,' says deputy fire chief
Members of the local fire department near Cape Split, N.S., say more warning signs are needed on the trail that leads to the viewing area at the popular location.
A woman remains in hospital after she fell partway down the cliff on Saturday.
"I think the rescue on Saturday took our rescuer over an hour to get to the patient safely and secure them," said Jeff Skaling, deputy chief of the Canning Volunteer Fire Department.
The woman suffered serious injuries.
Rescue teams repeatedly called
"Out here, forgetting the rules or ignoring the rules can unfortunately lead to some tragic results," said Skaling. "This was a fortunate result that this individual survived."
Disagreements over signage
There is a sign at the beginning of the trail to Cape Split, but there are none along the trail or at the end of the trail where the cliff drops down to the water below.
People using the trail to get to Cape Split on Tuesday morning had differing opinions on more signs.
Dangerous for responders
Skaling says it's a very dangerous job for the rescue team to go down the cliff.
It also takes several hours for rescue operations to unfold at the remote location.
"The trail is rough enough that going on all-terrain vehicles, with the gear we have to carry, we have to go pretty slow," said Skaling. "You're looking at almost two hours before any rescue personnel can make it out to the Split."
"You're hanging over a 275-foot cliff [about 84 metres] that's actively eroding, rocks are falling and in this case there was a lot of debris on the cliff face, so it wasn't perfectly vertical all the way down," said Skaling.
The injured woman was lowered to a waiting rescue boat at the bottom of the cliff.