WELLAND, O.N. (WIVB) - Three teenagers found themselves stuck on a bridge overnight and had to be rescued. The St. Lawrence Seaway estimates the financial impact of the rescue to be more than $5,000 because the international shipping canal was closed for about three hours during the dangerous rescue.
Three teenage boys found themselves stuck on an 18-inch beam, 120 feet up on a bridge above the Welland Canal, 15 miles away in Canada. It was all captured on camera.
"I've never seen anything like this before but I know youths have climbed the bridges before," said Jim Leigh, of Niagara Regional Police.
The 16, 17 and 18 year old actually managed to shut down international shipping traffic for hours when someone on a boat below heard them way up high.
Leigh said, "They were screaming and whistling at the boat, just for something to do I imagine."
Something to do, and police say they were completely sober.
Leigh said, "If they hadn't yelled to a passing ship we wouldn't have ever known they were there."
The teens probably yelled because they didn't expect the bridge to lift up so ships could get through the busy main route.
"So then the seaway couldn't lower the bridge in fear of causing serious bodily harm or death to these individuals," said Leigh. "If they fell into the water, I believe it would be a fatal injury."
But thanks to multiple agencies and skilled rescuers the three teens got down safely and went straight to jail.
"It was extremely dangerous to rescue them, said Leigh.
They were charged with mischief, a $5,000 fine for interfering with the St. Lawrence Seaway and creating a dangerous situation that could have ended much differently.
The teens have been released until a further court date. Police say signage is posted to alert people of dangers and disobeying signs potentially puts your life at risk , and the lives of others in danger.
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