September 10, 2007

Student Found in Gorge

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A male student was airlifted to a Syracuse hospital early Saturday after emergency officials found him lying on the stairs 30 feet down Cascadilla Gorge in Collegetown.
At 2:09 a.m. Saturday, the Ithaca Fire Department responded to a call and discovered the man on the stairs that lead into the gorge behind the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed yesterday that the man was a Cornell student.
The IFD, Bangs Ambulance, the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell Police and Cornell Emergency Medical Services assisted in removing the man from the gorge in less than 15 minutes, according to a press release from the IFD.
According to a representative from the IFD, the man had to be removed from the gorge by foot via walking trail before he could be airlifted by a Mercy Flight medical helicopter to Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.
The details surrounding the incident are still under investigation.
Neither the IFD nor the IPD had any further information regarding the victim’s identity or condition as of last night.