Daring Rope Rescue Caught On Camera

Posted at 5:56 AM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 05:56:11-04

CORBIN, Ky. (LEX 18)– A daring rescue was caught on camera in Corbin, as firefighters pulled an unconscious man from a rocky creek.

It happened between Lynn Camp Creek and the bridge on Roy Kidd Avenue Wednesday morning.

Shortly after gathering to review a rope rescue technique they had been practicing, crews were called to put their new skills to use. 

A man who was reportedly living under the bridge fell out of his bed, hit his head on nearby rocks, and became unresponsive.

That’s when crews jumped into action.

"We didn’t have to worry about somebody slipping or falling, and maybe dropping him," said Battalion Chief Jack Partin. "Because he was already in really bad shape. We didn’t need to add more injuries to his problems at the time."

The rescue operation took about an hour and a half to complete.

"It makes me feel real good. It makes me really proud of my guys. This is probably one of the first rope rescues that we’ve actually been involved with at this level of intensity."

The man was then flown to a hospital in Lexington.