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HELP FROM UP HIGH – Firefighters were called out to the clay cliffs at the end of Hawkins Street on Sunday afternoon to assist a stranded teenager (seen in lower part of photo). The person was brought down safely without injury.

Teen helped off clay cliffs

A teenager rescued from the clay cliffs Sunday was not injured, the Whitehorse Fire Department said this morning.

By Whitehorse Star on March 4, 2019

A teenager rescued from the clay cliffs Sunday was not injured, the Whitehorse Fire Department said this morning.

Platoon chief Jorgen Ponsioen told the Star the department was contacted at 3:45 p.m. by a friend of the teenager who had called 911.

Six firefighters responded along with two from the Whitehorse airport fire department who were required to escort the city firefighters across the airfield to a location above the stranded teenager. The drama took place in the Hawkins Street area.

“The fire department rescue team lowered one of their members to the person stranded, got them into a proper harness and lowered them safely down the cliff to a waiting ambulance, although first aid treatment was refused as there were no injuries reported,” the department said in a statement.

From the time of the call to the time firefighters were back in the hall took 1 1/2 hours, Ponsioen said.

The teenager, whose name wasn’t released, was lowered down to the walking trail and was able to make their own way to the ambulance and fire truck waiting below.

“The Whitehorse Fire Department would like to remind our citizens, that as the weather starts to warm up and snow begins to melt, to be careful on all city trails, as the mud can make trails slippery and potentially hazardous, especially along the escarpment area.”

Ponsioen estimated the department is called out to more than a dozen specialized rescues a year.

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Groucho d'North on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Applause for Whitehorse Fire Dept.

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