Milton rock climbing incident leaves woman seriously injured

A woman was injured in a rock climbing incident at Rattlesnake Point after a rock fall hit her, Milton firefighters performed a high angle rope rescue to carry the injured woman to the top of the cliff . The woman suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

At around 11 a.m. on August 5, rescuers were called to a remote part of the Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area in Milton.

A woman was belaying with a group of climbers at the base of a 70ft cliff near the Buffalo Crag Lookout when a rockfall hit her. Initial reports indicate that the rock caused an injury to his arm, ribs and head.

The area is in a remote section of the park, along a dirt track over a mile from the nearest road and the resulting rescue took around two hours. Police, fire and EMS all responded and were able to locate the injured woman using the recently deployed what3words app.

Once located, Milton firefighters performed a rope rescue by placing the woman in a rescue basket and dragging her up the 70ft cliff. Once down the cliff, she was transported by ATV to the lower parking lot and waited for an ambulance.

Halton paramedics transported her to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

More information will be provided on this incident as it becomes available.

Virginia F. Goins