NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Lanes on the Rainbow Bridge heading from Canada to the U.S. were closed for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon while firefighters rescued a 25-year-old man who had fallen into the Niagara Gorge just south of the bridge.
Canadian firefighters parked an aerial truck on the bridge and lowered a ladder to reach the man, who was not identified. After he was brought to the top of the bridge, he was treated by emergency medical technicians. Niagara Falls, Ont., Fire Department Platoon Chief Pete Methner said he suffered only minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for assessment, according to the Niagara Falls Review.
Firefighters were called just after 3 p.m. to assist Niagara Parks Police after they received a report that a man had fallen into the gorge. High-angle rescue firefighters and the aerial truck which serves as a specialized high-angle unit were dispatched.
Firefighters, assisted by a Parks Police officer, put the man on a backboard and placed him in a basket, which was raised to the bridge surface. Methner said it was not immediately clear how the man fell into the gorge.
One of the Canadian-bound lanes on the bridge was opened temporarily to U.S.-bound traffic to relieve congestion on nearby streets. The bridge was fully reopened shortly after 5 p.m.