Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Zip Line Rescue Operations

Are you adventurous enough to try a zip line adventure?  I always thought it looked like good fun.  You get all harnessed up and safely zip from one end of the line to the other, and enjoy the view along the way. I wouldn't have hesitated to try it, if given the chance.


Recently, on vacation, we stopped at Grand Falls in New Brunswick. I noticed two zip lines across the waterway there.  One went from the bridge well below the falls, to the opposite side of the river. The second one went back across the river, right over some of the most turbulent waters. 

We spotted a group of young people out for a day's adventure. 

A couple of them got a little more than they bargained for when they found themselves dangling over the falls.
This one almost made it to the end of the line before the momentum came to a halt.

The other one was stuck in a more precarious spot.

How would you like it if you were zipping along and suddenly stopped dead, hanging over all that dangerous water?

It didn't take long before one of the attendants put on a harness and went to the rescue.

The first one was quickly brought to safety.  You could see the relief on the face of the person dangling further out when he knew it was his turn next.

Help is on the way.

Almost there.....


The rescuer wraps his legs around the stranded person and begins the long trip back.

Safe at last.
It's nice to know that the attendants do know how to get you back to solid ground if something causes you to stop sliding, but I'm no longer so sure I'd want to ride the zip line.  At least not over a wild waterfall.
It was more than enough adventure for me just watching this rescue!

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