Woman charged after rope rescue at Albion Falls

News Aug 17, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Bylaw officers charged 15 people — including a woman who needed to be rescued from the gorge — during a bylaw enforcement crackdown Wednesday at Albion Falls.

The rope rescue was the second in 10 days and another in a series of rescue calls this year at the popular east Mountain site.

The City of Hamilton sent out a media release Thursday to remind the public that entering prohibited areas at Albion Falls, including the bottom of the falls, will result in a $135 trespassing charge under the city’s parks bylaw.

The woman who was rescued by firefighters and paramedics Wednesday was issued a Part III summons, which officers issued at the hospital. The summons comes with a provincial court date and a potentially larger penalty if convicted.

“The continued trespassing activity at Albion Falls is alarming,” Ken Leendertse, the city’s chief bylaw officer, said in the release. “Safety provisions that the city has put in place are there to protect the public.

“This is a zero-tolerance situation. If you are in the falls or around the falls, and off a marked trail, you are violating the parks bylaw and will be charged.”

In total, 51 trespassing charges have been issued since the start of bylaw enforcement at Albion Falls on July 17, the city said. In addition, officers have issued 284 parking tickets at Albion over the past month.

The city started fencing off nearly all of the top of the Albion Falls gorge following a death and numerous rescue calls at the start of the summer. The death was the second accidental one in less than 12 months.

Signs have also been put up above and below the falls warning people not to enter the gorge.

“There is no safe access to the bottom of Albion Falls and swimming at the bottom of the falls is prohibited,” the city noted in the release.

The city will soon be installing “map signs” that clearly identify the locations of parking lots, main trails, viewing platforms and other safe places to see the falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman charged after rope rescue at Albion Falls

15 trespassing charges laid Wednesday during crackdown

News Aug 17, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Bylaw officers charged 15 people — including a woman who needed to be rescued from the gorge — during a bylaw enforcement crackdown Wednesday at Albion Falls.

The rope rescue was the second in 10 days and another in a series of rescue calls this year at the popular east Mountain site.

The City of Hamilton sent out a media release Thursday to remind the public that entering prohibited areas at Albion Falls, including the bottom of the falls, will result in a $135 trespassing charge under the city’s parks bylaw.

The woman who was rescued by firefighters and paramedics Wednesday was issued a Part III summons, which officers issued at the hospital. The summons comes with a provincial court date and a potentially larger penalty if convicted.

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“The continued trespassing activity at Albion Falls is alarming,” Ken Leendertse, the city’s chief bylaw officer, said in the release. “Safety provisions that the city has put in place are there to protect the public.

“This is a zero-tolerance situation. If you are in the falls or around the falls, and off a marked trail, you are violating the parks bylaw and will be charged.”

In total, 51 trespassing charges have been issued since the start of bylaw enforcement at Albion Falls on July 17, the city said. In addition, officers have issued 284 parking tickets at Albion over the past month.

The city started fencing off nearly all of the top of the Albion Falls gorge following a death and numerous rescue calls at the start of the summer. The death was the second accidental one in less than 12 months.

Signs have also been put up above and below the falls warning people not to enter the gorge.

“There is no safe access to the bottom of Albion Falls and swimming at the bottom of the falls is prohibited,” the city noted in the release.

The city will soon be installing “map signs” that clearly identify the locations of parking lots, main trails, viewing platforms and other safe places to see the falls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman charged after rope rescue at Albion Falls

15 trespassing charges laid Wednesday during crackdown

News Aug 17, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Bylaw officers charged 15 people — including a woman who needed to be rescued from the gorge — during a bylaw enforcement crackdown Wednesday at Albion Falls.

The rope rescue was the second in 10 days and another in a series of rescue calls this year at the popular east Mountain site.

The City of Hamilton sent out a media release Thursday to remind the public that entering prohibited areas at Albion Falls, including the bottom of the falls, will result in a $135 trespassing charge under the city’s parks bylaw.

The woman who was rescued by firefighters and paramedics Wednesday was issued a Part III summons, which officers issued at the hospital. The summons comes with a provincial court date and a potentially larger penalty if convicted.

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“The continued trespassing activity at Albion Falls is alarming,” Ken Leendertse, the city’s chief bylaw officer, said in the release. “Safety provisions that the city has put in place are there to protect the public.

“This is a zero-tolerance situation. If you are in the falls or around the falls, and off a marked trail, you are violating the parks bylaw and will be charged.”

In total, 51 trespassing charges have been issued since the start of bylaw enforcement at Albion Falls on July 17, the city said. In addition, officers have issued 284 parking tickets at Albion over the past month.

The city started fencing off nearly all of the top of the Albion Falls gorge following a death and numerous rescue calls at the start of the summer. The death was the second accidental one in less than 12 months.

Signs have also been put up above and below the falls warning people not to enter the gorge.

“There is no safe access to the bottom of Albion Falls and swimming at the bottom of the falls is prohibited,” the city noted in the release.

The city will soon be installing “map signs” that clearly identify the locations of parking lots, main trails, viewing platforms and other safe places to see the falls.