ELYRIA — The Elyria Fire Department rescued a family of three from a ledge over the Black River Thursday night after a man threatened to jump off and commit suicide.
Assistant Fire Chief Ron Brlas said the 67-year-old Elyria man suffered from dementia and various health problems. He reportedly threatened suicide and his two family members, who live on Ohio Street, restrained the man on the river bank near Harrison Street.
Brlas said the three were stranded approximately 10 feet above the water, and two members of the fire department rappelled down the embankment and harnessed the three who were trapped.
“We were worried about them falling,” he said. “They were wedged between the hill and a tree.”
Brlas said the Fire Department was called to the scene at 10:05 p.m., and it took approximately a half hour to pull all three people up. No one was injured, he said.