Woman falls down embankment in Ellwood Park

The senior had to be rescued by Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service on Wednesday

Trampled-down grass shows the area where a woman fell down an embankment in Ellwood Park on Wednesday.

Trampled-down grass shows the area where a woman fell down an embankment in Ellwood Park on Wednesday.

An elderly woman who was walking her dog was rescued by emergency crews after she slipped down an embankment today (Wednesday) in Abbotsford.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. in Ellwood Park, located on Maclure Road west of Clearbrook Road.

The woman, 80, had apparently reached into the bushes to retrieve a ball for her small dog when she slipped and tumbled about 20 feet through blackberry bushes and other brush.

The woman could not get back up on her own, and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service was called to the scene. A crew was able to carry her back up to safety.

The woman was not seriously injured but was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The Hall 1 crew took the woman’s dog, Chippy, with them to keep it safe, and the pooch was reunited with the woman when she was released from hospital a few hours later.

(Photo below: Abbotsford firefighter Adam Iwama keeps Chippy safe at firehall 1. The pooch is waiting to be reunited with its owner, who fell down an embankment when they were out for a walk.)