June 4, 2014 11:19 pm

Man safe after high angle rescue in West Kelowna


WEST KELOWNA — An Okanagan man is safe but shaken after a leisurely fishing trip on Wednesday turned into a high angle rescue from the side of a cliff.

Larry Brown, 45, was out fishing in his canoe when windy conditions forced him to shore.

He tried to climb up a bank to West Side Road, but when he got about 15 metres up, he got stuck.

“I saw a path and thought I could make it up to Westside Road,” Brown told Global Okanagan. “Obviously, I was wrong.”

That’s when he used his cell phone to call a friend, who called emergency crews in to help.

Brown clung to a small bush for almost two hours, before crews could reach him, put him in a harness, and guide him to the top of the cliff.

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