ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Ithaca Fire Department’s rope rescue team was called out again this summer for a man who was injured after falling along the trail at Six Mile Creek.

The IFD Rescue crew was dispatched Saturday around 6:30 p.m. to access and rescue the man, who had fallen off the trail just below the 60-foot dam, near Six Mile Creek Vineyards in Ithaca.

Bangs Ambulance Paramedics and IFD personnel made their way down the trail, off of Rt 79, where they found the man suffering from ankle and hip injuries along the creek.

Ithaca Firefighters set up a rope rescue system to get the man back up to the main trail, then hauled him in a rescue basket along the path to another steep embankment. At that point, another raising system was built with ropes and pulleys and he was lifted up the rest of the way to a waiting ambulance.

Bangs Paramedics treated the patient and transported him to an area hospital. The response and rescue took about two hours.

This is one of several gorge rescues that have taken place this summer. And as a reminder, the IFD is warning everyone, “to hike with a partner, only hike on approved paths” and to, “let people know where you are going, carry a cell phone and know where you are on the trail system.”

IPD is not prohibiting swimming as a way to get outside during the hot weather, but to, “be aware of your surroundings and heed all warning signs. Use common sense and please be safe this summer!”

Anna Lamb

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