September 1, 2013

Ithaca Firefighters Pull Injured Man Out From Gorge Trail

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Ithaca firefighters pulled a hiker out from the Lick Brook gorge trail Sunday after the man fell along the trail, rendering himself unable to walk.

A woman called Tompkins County Dispatch at 11:20 a.m. saying her hiking partner had fallen down the trail in the Town of Ithaca, according to a press release from the Ithaca Fire Department. Upon responding to the call, firefighters and Bangs Ambulance personnel found the man had injured his hip in the fall.

Rescuers used a rope system to lower themselves down, put the man in a basket and raise him up so they could transport him to a local hospital, according to the IFD. The rescue took approximately two hours.

While rescuers worked to retrieve the man, off-duty firefighters and Cayuga Heights Fire Department staff had to be called in to cover other emergency calls, according to the IFD.

The IFD issued a statement reminding community members to “always carry a cell phone, hike with a partner, stay hydrated and take note of trail markers and landmarks” when hiking on approved trails.

Akane Otani is The Sun’s managing editor. She can be reached at or followed on Twitter at

Original Author: Akane Otani