Ropes team rescues injured man on Cascadilla Creek Gorge Trail

Regional News

ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Ithaca Fire Department’s ropes rescue team was in action Sunday afternoon after a man was injured on the Cascadilla Creek Gorge Trail.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, a passerby found the injured man on the trail and called 911. The Ithaca Fire Department, Ithaca Police Department, Bangs Ambulance, Cornell Environmental Health, and Cornell Police and EMS were all dispatched to the scene.

One rescue crew hiked up the trail from Stewart Avenue, while another crew came down from Cascadilla Hall on Cornell’s campus.

The injured man was found midway on the trail, and was semi-responsive when crews arrived.

Due to the terrain where the patient was located crews had to utilize high angle rope rescue techniques to safely remove the patient.

It took about two hours to get the man out of the gorge, and he was taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

Rescues like this take coordination from multiple agencies, and disciplines. Personnel from Ithaca Fire Department, Ithaca Police Department, Bangs Ambulance, Cornell Police Department, Cornell Emergency Health & Safety, Ithaca Crash Fire Rescue and Life-Net of New York.

For more information about gorge safety and the gorges around Cornell you can visit Cornell’s Gorge Safety Page.

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