ITHACA, N.Y. –– Rescue crews were dispatched Sunday to retrieve an injured hiker from a trail at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

At approximately 3 p.m., a call came into Tompkins County dispatch for a woman with an injured ankle, unable to walk on the trail between upper and lower Buttermilk Falls.

The hiker, whose ankle injury was found to be severe, was loaded into a rescue basket by emergency crews and carried down the trail to medical personnel. She was treated and transported to an area hospital.

The injured hiker knew her location and called for help early, allowing for dispatchers and rescue personnel to quickly locate her and bring her out to safety, according to a press release.

State Park Police, Bangs Ambulance Paramedics and Ithaca Firefighters assisted in the rescue.

This is just the most recent injury on a hiking trail this summer. Calls for help in and around Ithaca’s gorges have kept the department’s technical rescue team busy this summer.

This was the second rescue of its kind just this weekend –– on Sunday Firefighters rescued an injured swimmer at Second Dam.

As a reminder, anyone who is choosing to hike or swim in any of the dams or gorges should exercise extreme caution and heed warning signs. Additionally, it is advisable to hike with a partner and/or let people know where you are going, carry a cell phone and know where you are on the trail system.

Anna Lamb

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