ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Fire Department rescued a woman swimmer who had been injured while “jumping to a rock platform” at the dam near Giles Street.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Monday, May 24, when the Rope Rescue Team was dispatched to the 30-Foot Dam, where there were reports of a woman “injured and stuck on a rock platform.”

Firefighters and paramedics utilized four wheelers, a ladder and rescue gear to access the victim and three other people, bringing them down from the platform. After the victim was rescued, her ankle was splinted and she was taken out of the scene, where Bangs Paramedics applied care then transported her to a hospital.

“The Ithaca Fire Department reminds everyone to only hike on approved paths and never swim in any restricted locations,” the fire department said. “Heed all warning signs, use common sense and please be safe this summer.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at