Alberta tourist rescued after tumbling off mountain
The morning light is seen on the mountains surrounding the Bow River in Lake Louise, Alta. Wednesday, November 28, 2012. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, January 4, 2013 2:32PM EST
A hiker roaming near Alberta’s Lake Louise area is lucky to be alive this week after he tumbled 100 metres down a mountain, managing to cling to a small shrub while rescuers searched for him.
An official with Parks Canada told CTVNews.ca that the hiker, a tourist from Belgium, took a short detour during his hike to get to a popular lookout point shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday.
“It sounds like he was trying to get the best possible view point that he could get and he went out to the edge, a little too close to the edge, and took a tumble down approximately 100 metres,” said spokesperson Omar McDadi.
McDadi said the man managed to grab hold of a small shrub to prevent from falling any further. As he clung to the mountainside, the man used his cell phone to call for help.
A rescue helicopter was able to locate the hiker within 10 minutes of arriving to the scene.
“The sun was going down,” said McDadi. “He was quite fortunate that they were able to spot him and there was still enough light.”
The hiker, believed to be in his 20s, miraculously only suffered minor cuts and bruises, and wasn’t transported to hospital.
McDadi said the man wasn’t dressed appropriately for the weather, with temperatures that night plunging to -26C.
“It was quite cold and he’s really fortunate that he was found so quickly because he wasn’t very well dressed.”