One on Barn Bluff in Red Wing (news release from Red Wing Fire):
Red Wing Firefighter Paramedics Respond to Barn Bluff for a Possible Fall Victim
5/20/14, Red Wing, Minn.) – On the afternoon of Tuesday May 20 at 1225pm, City of Red Wing staff reported a possible fall victim on Barn Bluff. It was reported that a backpack was found off the trail on the north side of the bluff. The soil around the backpack was disturbed as if someone had slipped over the steep embankment.
Red Wing Fire and Police Department personnel responded to the top and bottom of Barn Bluff to conduct a victim search and prepare for possible victim extrication. Red Wing Fire Department personnel utilized technical rescue equipment and techniques to rappel down the north face of the bluff and conduct the search. A child carrying harness system, resembling a backpack, was located off the trail but no victims were found.
The Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was requested for assistance but was cancelled by the Fire Department after the ground search had been concluded.
The mission of the Red Wing Fire Department is to enhance the safety and security of the community by providing cost effective protection of life and property, through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression and emergency medical care.
And one from Rochester Fire:
Some tense moments this evening,
Rochester Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a hot air balloon crash:
· 5/20/14 2002 hours
· A caller to the 9-1-1 center reported seeing a hot air balloon crash
· The approximate location was originally given as near Salem Road and Stoppel Lane SW
· Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance and the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office converged on the area to try and locate the crash
· Subsequent reports from citizens in the area placed the crash in the area of County Road 8 and Mayowood Road and another in the vicinity of Bamber Valley School
· The collaborating responders fanned out and searched from Meadow Crossing Road to 18th Ave and Mayowood Road SW looking for any signs of a crashed balloon
· Witnesses stated it was the Roscoe’s Barbeque hot air balloon
· The balloon was ultimately located in the Tiffany Cove Town Home area where the pilot and passengers were found to be well and actually packing up the balloon and gondola after a picture perfect landing among the town homes
· Deputy Chief Steven Belau of the fire department states there was no crash; there were no injuries. Belau states it was a well-executed landing at the conclusion of a balloon flight on a beautiful evening in Rochester
· The concerned citizen who made the 9-1-1 call understandably mistook the landing among the homes of a residential area and subsequent purposeful rapid deflation of the balloon as a crash.