A man was taken to hospital in serious to critical condition Friday afternoon after falling from an embankment in southwest Edmonton onto the ice of Whitemud Creek.
Edmonton Fire Services District Chief Pat Fleet said a man in his 60s fell.
“The fire crews were led by two girls who found him,” he said, adding that the girls who discovered the injured man then discovered other people had phones and called the 911.
EFRS said it was called shortly after 2 p.m. to rescue the man on the ice at Mactaggart Sanctuary.
Five units were dispatched to the parking lot just off 23rd Avenue and 119th Street, with the first unit arriving on scene at 2:19 p.m.
Crews descended the frozen creek with their rescue supplies to get the man out safely, rather than trying to pull him up the steep embankment.
Fleet did not know if the man had a medical problem before or after his fall, but said that when crews rescued him, he was in serious condition.
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“We hoisted the patient onto one of our river rescue boats and slid him across the ice to the Smith Crossing Bridge,” Fleet said.
Alberta Health Services said the elderly man was taken by ambulance to hospital in serious, life-threatening condition.
The fleet noted that with our unusually warm daytime temperatures right now, any ice is unstable and should be avoided.
“The weather is too unpredictable. Ice is too unpredictable – stay away.
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