Two 14-year-old Clark County boys were rescued Sunday night from Lacamas Creek in Camas after they ventured down a steep bank, then could not get back up.
“People get stuck down there,” said Camas Fire Battalion Chief Larry Larimer.
A team of 13 firefighters and paramedics used a low-angle rescue system because, Larimer said, “There’s just no good way to get people up.
“We had rescuers rappel down to them. We put them (the boys) in harnesses and used a rope-pulley system, using trees as anchors,” Larimer said of the effort near Round Lake.
The boys were reported in trouble about 6:12 p.m. and the rescue was made shortly after 8 p.m. An ambulance was waiting when the boys reached the top.
Larimer said one boy had been waist-deep in the creek and the other was on the bank. “There are both well and just a little chilled,” he said. “They were grateful and just looked kind of sheepish.”
Lacamas Park has a six-mile network of trails, including primitive paths. The popular Lacamas Park trail runs from Third Avenue to Everett Street in Camas.
Larimer said firefighters are often called, usually in the summer, to help get people out of that spot.
Larimer said fire departments from Vancouver, District 6 and Washougal responded, as did Camas police.
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