Paramedics transport a woman injured in a deck collapse to a waiting ambulance Tuesday afternoon. An air ambulance (below) that was on standby in the 1200-block of King George Boulevard lifts off.

Deck collapse sends woman into ravine

Police, firefighters and paramedics race to South Surrey RV park, after deck collapses; one woman suffers minor injuries.

A deck collapse at a South Surrey RV park sent a woman tumbling down a ravine and emergency crews racing to the 1200-block of King George Boulevard Tuesday.

Police, firefighters and paramedics – including an air ambulance – were dispatched to the Border RV Park around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23, for a medical call that was soon after upgraded to a technical rescue.

Assistant fire Chief Chris Keon told Peace Arch News that the victim suffered minor injuries to one arm when the sun deck she was on “collapsed and slid into the ravine.”

Firefighters found her clinging to a tree root about 20 feet down, and had to effect a low-angle rescue, Keon said.

Keon described the rescue as not overly complicated.

Air ambulance

At least four firefighters in helmets and harnesses could be seen transporting the woman from the ravine.

The emergency response drew a small crowd of spectators to the boulevard.

An air ambulance on standby in the parking lot of the nearby Crescent Gardens Retirement Community was not needed.

Keon said it’s fortunate the situation ended as well as it did.

“Anything could’ve happened,” he said.

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