Deep Ravine Ropes Rescue Concludes Near Smith Lake Dam

by | Dec 5, 2017 | EMS, Public Safety

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Deep Ravine Ropes Rescue Concludes Near Smith Lake Dam

Multiple emergency response agencies have just wrapped up working a one-car motor vehicle accident in a remote location in far southwestern Cullman County.

Cullman e911 dispatched personnel from Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Cullman EMS to the 1000 block of County Road 36 this evening based on a report of a car ‘found in a ravine.’

Upon arrival at the location, a rescue team from Cold Springs Fire discovered the vehicle some 20 yards off the roadway and down in a ravine 50 feet below grade. This address is just south and east of Smith Lake Dam.

The vehicle in question had rolled multiple times during its descent into the abyss.

Members of Cold Springs Fire made their way down to the wrecked car on foot. They determined the only way to extract the victim to safety was through a ropes rescue technique.

After a slow, deliberative process, Cold Springs was able to safely rescue the victim from the hole to the hands of a medical team from Cullman EMS waiting at road level.

An Air Evac Lifeteam medical helicopter landing was ultimately canceled. Weather conditions precluded this as an option.

We spoke with Cullman EMS Director James Curtis who was a party to the rescue and medical care of the patient:

“I was impressed by the care and precision displayed by the Cold Springs rescue team. We are transporting the patient by ambulance to a Trauma Center outside of Cullman County.”

The roadway was blocked for a period during the peak of the incident.

1000 block of County Road 18

Deep Ravine Ropes Rescue Concludes Near Smith Lake Dam

Timothy Collins

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