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CFR performs Technical Rope Rescue at Turkey Bluff

By Chief Chris Taylor
Campbellsville Fire-Rescue

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, Campbellsville Fire Rescue Special Operations was dispatched to Robing Road to a multi-victim rope rescue situation with 2 adults and 1 dog over a 300 foot bluff off of Turkey Bluff Trail at Green River Lake.

Rescuers deployed Zodiac 1 and USACE watercraft under the victims location, in the event they fell down the bluff before our arrival.

Upon arrival at the accident site, firefighters assessed the situation and had 1 patient approximately 50' down the bluff in a stable situation leaning on a large tree. The second victim and dog was approximately 150' over the bluff on a small sapling approximately 10' from a 100' vertical drop off into Green River Lake.

A high angle rope rescue system was set up and a rescuer was lowered down to the victim. The rescuer placed the victim and the dog in a harness. Once the victim was secured, a haul team raised the victim using a compound mechanical advantage system.

Once the 1st victim was rescued, the efforts then shifted to the second victim. Another rescuer was lowered down and put the patient in a harness and he was hauled up via mechanical advantage. Both victims and the Black Lab, named Goose, was tired but refused medical transport.


Special Thank You to off duty Bardstown Fire Department Captain Trevor Mattingly, Darrel Wise Green River Stables and mounted rescuers Cody and Casey Carpenter from Lancaster, KY for their assistance in helping with the rescue.

  • Call Received 1413
  • On Scene 1416
  • Top Of Bluff 1432
  • 1st Patient and dog in Harness 1454
  • 1st Patient and dog Secured on top 1550
  • 2nd Patient in harness 1555
  • 2nd Patient secured on top 1601
  • Leaving Scene 1628
  • 10 Rescuers on the scene
  • CFD Apparatus on scene: R1, S4, Ranger 10 and Chief
  • Assisting Agencies: Campbellsville Taylor County EMS, Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center, United States Army Corps of Engineers


This story was posted on 2021-05-30 13:56:24
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