The Drumheller and East Coulee fire departments performed a rescue operation at the Hoodoos on Saturday, Sept. 2.

"We had two individuals that had climbed down from the top and had got themselves in a situation where they were scared and couldn't go up or down," said Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade.

The call came around 1:30 in the afternoon. Wade explained how they performed the rescue.

"We responded with our rescue unit and six members from the Drumheller hall, two members from the East Coulee hall. The guys got to the top and rappelled one of the firefighters down to these two individuals, hooked them individually to a harness and hoisted them back up to the top."

Wade had a warning for people attempting similar hikes.

"One of the things with the hills in the valley is it's really easy from the bottom, to look at something and think 'yeah, we can do that,' but once you get to that position, it gets to be quite scary as it's a lot steeper incline than what it looks like."

The entire operation took about 25 minutes.

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