Update at 3:11 p.m. — An elderly woman, who was hiking with her husband Monday afternoon on an open portion the Rim Trail, was rescued by emergency personnel after she tripped and hurt her ankle, an official said.
The call was reported around 1 p.m. and crews from Enfield Volunteer Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance and New York State Park Police responded to the scene.
George Tamborelle, a Bangs Ambulance paramedic supervisor, said that just two hours before receiving the call, he loaded up a Gator Utility Vehicle with supplies, such as IV bags and other medical equipment that could freeze if kept on the vehicle year round.
“Literally, it got that lucky,” Tamborelle said about the vehicle being stocked and ready to roll for the first time this year.
He said that when the call for service was reported, he and co-worker Andrew Dean, were ready to drive the vehicle up the Red Pine Trail and rescue the woman within less than an hour.
The woman’s husband was able to hike out of the area and planned to meet his wife at Cayuga Medical Center, where she is being treated for injuries that are not life threatening.
Tamborelle and Dean, who have a cumulative 38 years of experience work for Bangs Ambulance, said calls for gorge rescues are going to start being more common now that the temperatures in the Ithaca area are getting warmer.
They said they got about a dozen calls for service last year, but the numbers can vary drastically depending on the year.
“We respond to a fair amount. You never know how many,” Dean said.
— Written earlier by reporter Michael Smith
ITHACA, NY – Rescue workers were dispatched to Robert H. Treman State Park to assist a woman who had hurt her ankle and was unable to leave the hiking trail she was on.
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The emergency call was made at 12:59 p.m. Bangs Ambulance and Enfield Fire Department responded, working with Park Police on site.
Authorities set up near Enfield Falls Road. The rescue effort is taking a long time as she was in the middle of the Red Pine Trail and responders had to find the best access path to reach her, according to Tompkins County Dispatch. There is not believed to be any immediate danger beyond the ankle injury.
At approximately 2:05 p.m., rescue workers drove the woman out on a 4-wheeled ATV, where she was then transferred into a Bangs ambulance.
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