Update (8:00 p.m.): The man pulled from Ithaca Falls Tuesday afternoon has died as a result of injuries he sustained from falling into the water and drowning, Ithaca Police announced Tuesday night.

According to police, the man, identified as Harish Nekkalapu, of Ontario, Canada, was climbing up the base of the falls when he lost his balance and fell into the water. Several people pulled the unconscious man from the water, police officers administered CPR and he was taken to the hospital, but passed away after arriving at Cayuga Medical Center.

Police said the fall was accidental. Nekkalapu was 35 years old, according to police.

Original story (3:45 p.m.):

ITHACA, N.Y.—One person has been taken to Cayuga Medical Center after being pulled from the water beneath Ithaca Falls.

Ithaca Fire Department spokesperson Jim Wheal said that just after 2 p.m., the fire department was called for a report of someone in the water at Ithaca Falls. Wheal said the victim was removed from the water and taken to CMC for treatment.

How the victim ended up in the water, or what their condition is, were not immediately clear. Wheal said more details would be available soon.

As of 3:15 p.m., all rescue vehicles had left the scene, which was near the Ithaca Falls area of Lake Street.

Matt Butler

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