LANSING, N.Y. –– Multiple agencies responded to reports of a man who had fallen off a cliff near Salmon Creek on Wednesday.

The Lansing Fire Department, Tompkins County Sheriff and Bangs Ambulance were called to Ludlowville Park around 2:30 p.m. to rescue the 19-year-old who after the fall, had landed approximately 20 feet down.

In order to remove the victim from the scene, the Ithaca Fire Department’s Rope Rescue Team was called and Ithaca Firefighters and Lansing Firefighters rappelled down into the creek bed to reach the young man. He was then secured into a rescue basket and hauled up and out of the ravine by firefighters at the top.

Paramedics from Bangs Ambulance treated the patient who was eventually flown to Upstate Medical by Life Net Helicopter.

The rescue operation took about 2 hours.

In light of the incident, Ithaca and Lansing firefighters are reminding everyone to stay on marked paths and be aware of your surroundings. Areas that were once solid, after the freezing and thawing of winter, can become unstable and dangerous. Stay in safe, designated, open areas and hike with a partner. Always know where you are and carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.

Anna Lamb

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