A Good Samaritan alerted police to a man shouting in distress.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police say a man is “lucky to be alive” but fell “several floors” down a ravine next to what appeared to be a wall from a demolished building.
Vancouver is amazing spoke with Transit Police Sgt. Clint Hampton and const. Michael Yake near Gateway SkyTrain Station in Surrey around 8:30 pm Wednesday night (September 15) when a worried resident alerted them to a man screaming for help.
After running through a grassy, empty plot in the dark, officers followed the occupant through a hole in a chain link fence and continued along the side of a steep gorge. They continued for several meters along the edge until they encountered someone moaning in pain at the bottom. By shining their flashlights down the dam, they could see that he was injured and had no way to get out.
While the man expressed that he had fallen high up, it was not clear exactly where he had fallen from. However, Hampton notes “it looks like he was trying to complete a large graffiti mural on what appeared to be a wall from a demolished building.”
A lot of reinforcing steel also protruded along the side of the building. A woman in the area commented that he was lucky he did not land on the metal.
Although the extent of his injuries is unclear, rescue teams could help him climb up a ladder at a lower part of the gorge. When he reached the top, they also helped him get through the chain link, where he was met by paramedics.
“Officers were so lucky to be in the right place at the right time to be able to help this man,” Hampton adds.
“Hopefully this was a tough lesson and he will turn his attention to new, legal and safer hobbies.”