ITHACA, N.Y.—One person was taken to the hospital after being discovered in the gorge near Ithaca Falls Tuesday evening by the Ithaca Fire Department.

According to a press release from the Ithaca Fire Department posted to Facebook, a person was reported in the water around 6:50 p.m. When they arrived, police found a victim “trapped on the ice in the creek.”

Firefighters then made contact with the victim, provided medical care and removed them from the ice. At the time, it would have been about 18 degrees or so outside, well below freezing.

“Their care was transferred to Bangs Ambulance Paramedics and Guthrie Air flew them by helicopter to a regional hospital,” according to the fire department’s statement. “The efforts of the rescuers were hampered by moving water, ice, darkness and the very cold temperatures. The victim’s condition is not available at this time.”

Bangs Ambulance, Ithaca Police, Cornell Police and Environment, Health and Safety, plus Guthrie Air all reported to the scene. The circumstances surrounding how the victim ended up on the ice was not provided.

The area of Lake Street near the Falls was closed for about an hour while rescue crews worked.

Matt Butler

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