From reporter Jolene Almendarez, who is at the scene:

Update 5:40 p.m. — Both people have been safely rescued from a ledge by the Ithaca Falls Tuesday evening.

Sgt. Michael Nelson, of the Ithaca Police Department, said it is unclear at this time whether the male and female will be ticketed for climbing the slippery rock siding.

All roads are being reopened as of about 5:40 p.m.

Firefighter Greg Stilwell rescued the stranded female first, while firefighter Wade Bardo followed them down the rock wall with the male.

Both rescued people walked away from the incident. The young woman who was rescued declined to comment.

The young woman in the orange tank top was rescued from the rock side by Ithaca Falls Tuesday evening after becoming stranded on the slippery rocks.

Second update 5 p.m. —

ITHACA, N.Y. — At least a dozen Ithaca firefighters are tying rope harnesses to trees by Stewart Avenue Tuesday afternoon to rescue two people who appear to have been stranded on a ledge by the Ithaca Falls.

The two people have minor injuries, according to Lt. Thomas Basher of the Ithaca Fire Department.

The firefighters will have to go down an estimated 300 feet down the side of the rock wall for the rescue, according to firefighters.

Photos from the scene:

It remains unclear how the man and woman came to get stuck on the ledge.

Stewart Avenue was closed at around 5 p.m. from Willard Way to its intersection with Fall Creek Drive; motorists should avoid the area.

The rescue began about an hour ago and is expected to take another hour at least.

We’ll provide updates as they become available.

Earlier — 

ITHACA, N.Y. — Emergency responders are attempting to rescue two people who appear to be stuck on a ledge near the Ithaca Falls.

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The Ithaca Fire Department is working to help one male and one female who could be seen Tuesday afternoon stuck on a ledge by the Ithaca Falls near Lake Street. The rescue was occurring around 4:15 p.m.

The two people are about 40 feet up from what appears to be a slippery and rock siding.

The Ithaca Police Department is also on scene directing traffic. Bangs Ambulance is at the scene on stand-by.

We’ll be providing updates as they become available.

More photos sent by Almendarez:


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.