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ITHACA, NY — Ithaca First Responders rescued another person from one of its gorges early Sunday morning.

Tompkins County Dispatch received a call around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning from a man stating he had fallen somewhere in the gorge between College Ave. and Stewart Ave. The Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance and Ithaca and Cornell Police were sent to the scene.

The man stated he was looking for fire wood behind 125 Edgemoor Lane when he fell approximately 80 feet down the steep embankment. He was conscious and able to call 911 but was injured. Ithaca Police and Cornell safety workers located the man at the base of the gorge. Firefighters brought down a rescue basket and were able to carry the victim up and out along a trail. Bangs Ambulance transported the patient to Robert Packer Hospital.

Off duty Ithaca firefighters were called in as well as the Cayuga Heights Fire Dept. to cover other emergency calls while the original crews were handling the extraction. The entire rescue took approximately two hours.

The condition of the injured man is unknown at this time and Cornell and Ithaca Police are investigating.

Photo courtesy of Ithaca Fire Department.
Photo courtesy of Ithaca Fire Department.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A college-aged male was rescued from an Ithaca gorge early Sunday morning after falling about 50-feet into the rocky area, an official confirmed.

Emergency responders were called around 1:20 a.m. after the man called 911 from the bottom of the gorge, said Lieutenant Tom Basher, of the Ithaca Fire Department. The man’s injuries are no initially appear to be life threatening, though several bones may have been broken.

Basher said the man reportedly fell from a residence on Edgemoor Lane, into the gorge between Stewart and College avenues.

Ithaca Police, Bangs Ambulance, the Ithaca Fire Department, Cornell Police, and Cornell Environmental Health and Safety first responded to the bridge on the 300 block of Stewart Avenue, set up overhead lights and attempted to locate the man, who Basher said was difficult to find. The man was located closer to the College Avenue bridge and crews moved to that area to continue the rescue.

The man was carried out of the gorge in a Stokes basket with the help of a one-wheeled device called a mule, used to assist with rescue efforts. At least six firefighters, three Bangs Ambulance personnel and several people from IPD and Cornell helped bring the man ack up to college avenue and into an ambulance.

Basher said it’s unclear if alcohol was involved in the incident, but Ithaca police are investigating.

The rescue took about an hour to complete. It’s the third gorge rescue within the past week in Ithaca.

Emergency crews load a college-aged male into the back of a Bang’s Ambulance early Sunday morning on College Avenue. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
Emergency crews carry a patient up from a gorge in Collegetown toward a waiting Bangs Ambulance on College Avenue. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice.
Firefighters set up lights on a bridge located on the 300 block of Stewart Avenue while they searched for a man who fell into the gorge early Sunday morning. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

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