A 12-year-old girl was rescued by Langley firefighters after she fell in a steep ravine in Brookswood on Monday afternoon.
The accident happened in a ravine near the southwest corner of the Langley City off leash dog park.
The area is on the border of the City and Township, and while City firefighters got the call first, the incident technically took place in the Township. Both crews worked together on the rescue.
Firefighters clambered down the wooded slope and strapped the young girl to a basket-style stretcher, then used ropes attached to cedar trees to haul her up.
She was transferred to an ambulance, then taken to a field near the Langley Lawn Cemetery where an Air Ambulance landed and flew her to BC Children’s Hospital.
The girl suffered a compound fracture of one leg and possibly some other injuries, but she was conscious when firefighters were getting her out of the ravine, said assistant City chief Peter Methot.
This is one of the few times local crews have had a chance to use their skills at rope rescue in some time, said Methot.
Despite the fact that they don’t do it much, the firefighters keep in practice, Methot said.
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