B.C. Ambulance paramedics and View Royal firefighters lower an injured Victoria man into a rescue boat at Thetis Lake Tuesday afternoon. The man

Drunk man rescued after Thetis Lake tumble

View Royal Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance paramedics pulled off a tricky rope rescue at Thetis Lake Tuesday afternoon at Victoria man tumbled down a cliff.




View Royal Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance paramedics pulled off a tricky rope rescue at Thetis Lake Tuesday afternoon after a Victoria man tumbled down a cliff.

Witnesses say around 4:30 p.m., the 20-year-old man rolled 50 feet down a steep grassy slope near the Sunnyside Cliffs on the east side of the lake. Riley Post said his friend had been drinking most of the afternoon was “intoxicated as hell.”

Jason Brooks, who was jogging by with girlfriend Kelly Stegman, heard groaning from the bushes partway down the slope, and offered to help the man. “He refused,” Brooks said. “Then he fell down another 20 feet.”

Stegman said the man’s head and face was bloody and bruised and noted it was lucky he didn’t roll into the water. He likely would have drown.

When paramedics and firefighters arrived to extricate the man from the brush at the bottom of the cliff, he was conscious, but belligerent and verbally abusive. After warnings of possible arrest and the arrival of a West Shore RCMP officer, he eventually calmed down.

At least six rescuers – they described him as “really heavy” – delicately maneuvered him into a stretcher basket and then down the rock cliff face and into a View Royal Fire Rescue boat. He was transferred to hospital.

Dog walkers and other people watching the drama unfold gave the paramedics and firefighters a round of applause after the man was off the cliff.

“It went well,” said View Royal firefighter Lieut. Heath Bevan. “It was very challenging from where (the rescue) was in conjunction with the lake.”

This is the first serious injury of the summer season at Thetis Lake.

 

 

Just Posted

Golfer aims for hole-in-one to raise cash for Victoria Hospice

Fundraiser event hits Highland Pacific Golf Course Sept. 17

Malahat truck crash cleared but over 200 still without power

Hydro poles taken out in Monday afternoon crash

U.S. student killed in Bamfield bus crash remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

Sooke Road crash shuts down Monday afternoon traffic

Minivan apparently crossed the center line and crashed into a very large truck

UPDATE: One man dies in Saanich collision

Police are asking people to avoid the intersection at Cumberland and Union roads

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

Two Nanaimo residents share $5-million Lotto 6/49 prize

Jesse Logan and Teresa Winters Day matched all six numbers in Aug. 21 Lotto 6/49 draw

Island campground on the chopping block as ALC deadline looms

Owners fighting to continue facility’s operation, with a huge outpouring of support

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

Free Tesla 3 offered with purchase of Surrey townhome

Century Group’s offer for Viridian development runs through Oct. 31

Most Read