ITHACA, NY (WSYR-TV) — Ithaca firefighters used their rope rescue skills Sunday to get an injured hiker out of Buttermilk Falls State Park.
The hiker had fallen down a 30-foot embankment to the falls and had a badly broken ankle. Firefighters, Bangs Ambulance responders, state park police and other park workers worked together to access the victim and stabilize his injuries.
Firefighters used a rope system to extricate the victim from the gorge, where he was transferred to a state parks department pickup truck and taken to the parking lot for a waiting ambulance. He was later airlifted to Robert Packard Hospital in northern Pennsylvania.
The rescue operation took about two hours.
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