At approximately 12:15 Friday afternoon, the Auburn Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to the area of 160 Southbridge St. to investigate the diversion tunnel that runs from the City of Worcester through Auburn.

Someone walking a dog near the edge of the diversion tunnel reported that there were footprints in the snow leading up to the edge, but there were no footprints returning. It was clear that someone had slid down the approximately 70 foot drop to the base of the tunnel and there were foot prints and the snow was disturbed at the bottom. The diversion tunnel which is a very popular spot for local ice climbers is a little over a mile long that goes from Southbridge Street to Rt. 20 near the Worcester line.

The District 7 Technical Rescue Team was dispatched for assistance as the only way to get to the bottom of the nearly 70 foot vertical dissent was to repel over the edge. Four Technical Rescue personnel repelled over the edge into the tunnel to search the mile long section to ensure there was no one injured in the tunnel. After the search of the diversion tunnel there were no victims found.

District 7 Technical Rescue Team descend to diversion tunnel.  Photo Courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

District 7 Technical Rescue Team descend to diversion tunnel. Photo Courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

District 7 Technical Rescue Team descend to diversion tunnel.  Photo Courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

District 7 Technical Rescue Team descend to diversion tunnel. Photo Courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

District 7 Technical Rescue Team descend to diversion tunnel.  Photo Courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

District 7 Technical Rescue Team descend to diversion tunnel. Photo Courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.