KELOWNA– A West Kelowna teenager is lucky to be nursing little more than a bruised ego after being plucked off a Knox Mountain rock face Thursday evening.
The teen got into trouble about 60 feet above the ground when he encountered a slippery section of rock.
Florian Eswein says his friends encouraged him to keep going but he reached a point where he couldn’t climb any higher and then couldn’t descend on his own.
Eswein’s friends called 9-1-1.
Firefighters rushed to the scene with a ladder truck and the department’s high angle rescue team was also dispatched, but in the end the special unit wasn’t needed.
Using the 100 foot aerial ladder a fire fighter helped the teen to safety.
He was on the rock face for about 45 minutes but suffered no physical injuries.