A rock accidentally pushed by a climber to the wall of Lake Larouche in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton, Tuesday afternoon, caused serious injury to a young woman who was lower.
The 27-year-old woman from the South Shore of Montreal suffered a serious head trauma and is in critical condition at the CHUS.
Viatka Sundborg was a few meters away from the young woman, wearing a helmet and assuring the climber.
“We heard screaming ” rock! Without anyone having time to react, the rock hit the girl directly on the head. She fell unconscious, “says Viatka Sundborg, who provided first aid to the victim.
She estimates that the rock that fell directly on the victim’s head from a height of at least 15 meters, about fifty feet, could weigh forty pounds.
“Even though she had a helmet, she started bleeding. She had a wound on her skull, and the blood of internal bleeding was coming out of her ears. She was really bad. She wavered between consciousness and unconsciousness, “says the witness of this case who watched over the young woman while waiting for help.
“Not the first time”
First responders took about 30 minutes to get there.
“What worries me is that the first responders said it was not the first time they came to the Larouche wall for this type of incident. It is a place that is still very busy, “said Viatka Sundborg.
After the victim’s departure, she remained on the spot covered with the victim’s blood.
“The girl who was at the top of the wall and pushed the rock was in shock,” says Viatka Sundborg.
Paramedics at Ambulances de l’Estrie, firefighters from Valcourt and Saint-Denis-de-Brompton with their amphibious vehicle stepped in to help the victim.
“The Larouche wall is a place where we intervene two or three times a year for falls on the trails or during climbing activities,” says François Breton of Ambulances de l’Estrie.
The Sûreté du Québec did not open any appeal cards related to this climbing accident since it considers that there is no risk of death.
According to the Quebec Federation of Mountain Climbing (FQME), the Lac Larouche wall is currently owned by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (MDDELCC). Quebec, under the supervision of Mont-Orford National Park (SEPAQ).