Child rescued from Millstone River

NANAIMO – Nanaimo firefighters conduct rope rescue to retrieve child from Millstone River.

A child was lucky to escape apparently unscathed after falling into the Millstone River on the weekend.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. Saturday when a six-year-old boy fell over a steep bank and into the water at the falls in Bowen Park. He managed to pull himself up onto a rock in the river.

“The child was able to get up on a rock and the grandmother called 911,” said Greg Norman, Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief of operations.

Firefighters arrived and decided to call in a technical rope rescue team  to get the boy out safely after determining he had slipped about three to five metres over the bank.

“We had people with the child fairly quick and then the tech rescue team assembled and that was the only way to get the child back up,” Norman said.

“He wasn’t in running water. He was actually up on a rock, so we were able to work with that.”

The child was handed over to paramedics at the scene and was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to be checked for possible injuries.