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LA CROSSE, Wis. (LA CROSSE FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- The La Crosse Fire Department was dispatched to a distressed hiker on one of the bluff trails. With limited information available the preemptive decision was made to respond with our USAR equipment for a potential rescue and for more personnel on scene to locate the lost hiker.
Quint 3 and Rescue 3 responded from Station 3 to the possible last known location of the hiker. Other units responded from around the City including USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) with additional technical rescue equipment. The shift commander responded on the squad, Engine 4 and Engine 1 responded for additional personnel. The Division Chief of Training responded to the incident and was in charge of operations for the eventual high angle rescue. In all there were 20 LCFD members on the call.
The hiker called 911 when he became disoriented. Shortly after calling 911 at 14:20 his phone quit working and crews were forced to spread out over the possible areas and begin searching on foot. Multiple crews ascended the bluff until the hiker was found by a firefighter at 15:00. It was determined that because of his location on a ledge that a high-angle pickoff maneuver was the only safe way to get him safely to the ground. Equipment for the rescue was hauled up to the face of the bluff above the hiker and a rescuer was lowered over the edge to stabilize the hiker. He was assessed and given water after being attached to the rescuer with a harness and lowered about 40’ to the ground.
Once the hiker was lowered safely to a clearing, LCFD personnel and Tri-State Ambulance paramedics were there to stabilize him and get him ready for the final 15 minute hike down the bluff on a steep trail. The hiker was again tethered to LCFD personnel for his safety during the final descent.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --Emergency crews are checking on a man after he had to be rescued from a bluff in La Crosse.
The La Crosse Fire Department says it was called to a bluff near the end of Jackson Street around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. That's south of Grandad Bluff Park. Firefighters say the man is believed to have been hiking and got lost. He ended up in a place on the bluff where he couldn't get up or down. He was lowered to a safe place. The fire department doesn't believe he was hurt.
Firefighters say he was in an ambulance getting checked out just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. They expected to have more information Wednesday evening.