Girl rescued from Toledo bridge, after climbing it for ‘selfie’ | Information


TOLEDO – A woman who allegedly climbed Anthony Wayne Bridge to take a “selfie” had to be rescued by Toledo’s first responders in cold temperatures and 20 mph winds.

At 11:01 p.m. on Thursday, Toledo Fire and Rescue Services and Toledo Police responded to the Anthony Wayne Bridge area after multiple emergency calls were made according to a media release that a woman heard screaming for help.

After a brief search, the crews found a grown woman on top of the northeast tower. Technical rescue workers from Station 18 and Station 6 responded to the location to begin high-angle rescue.

With an outside temperature of 36 degrees and winds of 18 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour, two rescuers climbed onto the main cable and were able to contact the person and try to calm them down.

Three other rescuers climbed the internal tower ladder. A harness system with safety leashes was attached to the person, who was then moved from the cable to the catwalk. She was then overthrown by the rescue team through the internal ladder of the main tower. Once on the ground, the person was examined by paramedics and no injuries were found.

The person reportedly climbed the bridge to take a “selfie” photo, the news release said. She bypassed several safety barriers on the bridge to keep people away from the bridge cable system.

“We are grateful that no one was injured in this rescue, but we cannot emphasize enough the danger this person has placed himself in and the rescuers who had to come to her rescue. There is a lot of evidence from this incident, including never bypass safety systems designed to keep people away and ultimately keep them away from the bridge, ”the press release said.