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Clarington Fire saves woman who drove her ATV over a cliff into Lake Ontario

Posted on Monday July 22, 2019
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ATV submerged in Lake Ontario

Clarington July 22, 2019/- In a dramatic rescue,Clarington Emergency and Fire Services saved a woman who accidentally drove her ATV over a cliff, plunging more than 125 feet or 38 metres into Lake Ontario.

The emergency call came in on Saturday, July 20, at 6:03 p.m. The accident happened on Lakeshore Road in Newcastle. Four trucks with 14 volunteer and full-time firefighters responded. Crews used their rope rescue training; two firefighters rappelled with a rescue stretcher down to assist the woman. She was safely rescued and rushed to hospital with the assistance of Ornge patient transportation and paramedic services.

“Our crews train monthly in various rope rescue scenarios,” said Clarington Fire Chief Gord Weir. “This was a textbook scenario executed exactly how we train. Our crews did a remarkable job in the heat and humidity to help the victim as quickly and as safely as possible,” added Chief Weir.

Safety is crucial when enjoying outdoor summer activities. Whether you’re riding an ATV, a boat, or a motorcycle, you need to have the proper safety equipment and know your surroundings. Do not get too close to the cliff edge and watch for land erosion.

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