The latest in a series of rescues from Vancouver’s levee raises concerns – B.C

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The Vancouver Fire Department was called to a high-angle rescue Friday after a man fell down a steep embankment near the Commercial-Broadway station.

Rescuers had to descend about 150 feet to the bottom of the Grandview Cut, a man-made ravine that serves as a right-of-way for CN Rail and the SkyTrain.

It is also known as a meeting place and dumping ground.

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“I’ve seen people cutting the fence, climbing the fence, going through the fence, throwing things over the fence, camping on the other side of the fence, climbing the trees, people are there all the time,” said Laura Christensen, a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner who lives across the street.

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“It’s incredibly dangerous. It’s pretty much a steep descent to the bottom.”

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Christensen said numerous incidents have occurred at the site and firefighters are called to conduct a rescue every four to six months.

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services Batallion Chief Randy Boruck confirmed his crew knows the area well.

“This isn’t the first time they’ve been to this location, so they knew where they stood and had a plan of action very quickly,” he said.

“(The) technical rescue team had stated that they had been here at this location about six months ago for an incident that was very similar – they have also been on the other side, which is to a lesser extent a steep embankment, which they regularly go to go as Good.”

Borkuck said the fire department has raised concerns about the fences with both Vancouver police and CN police.

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The person who fell from the dike was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.

Christensen said she hopes the latest accident in the cut will bring better security to the fence.

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