Nanaimo Search and Rescue and first responders were at the Riverbend Road area to assist a fallen rock climber Saturday afternoon. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo SAR, first responders execute rope rescue in Cassidy area

Person said to have fallen down an embankment in area of Riverbend Road

Nanaimo area first responders navigated rocky terrain and executed a rope rescue after a person fell down an embankment in the Cassidy area Saturday afternoon.

Lt. Jacob Kruger, with Cranberry Volunteer Fire Department, said the call came approximately 4 p.m. in the area of Riverbend Road, off of Spruston Road, and it was a “unified command” with his department, Extension and North Cedar departments, Nanaimo Search and Rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service. The exact nature of the injuries aren’t currently known, but the person was conscious, he said.

“Our understanding is they were doing some rock climbing and fell down an embankment,” said Kruger. “We have search and rescue and North Cedar and Extension fire doing high-angle rope rescue right now … just rappel down and carry them up in a basket.”

More information to come.

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