Ithaca firefighters rescue man from Buttermilk gorge

“Stay on marked trails!” That’s the message from the Ithaca Fire Department after several firefighters and other responders were called on to rescue a man at Buttermilk Falls State Park on Independence Day.

A release from the Ithaca Fire Department says they were called just after 2:30pm Tuesday, along with Bangs Ambulance and New York State Park Police, after a 36-year-old man had jumped into the water off the gorge trail, and broken his leg.

Firefighters rappelled down to the victim, who they say wasn’t from the Ithaca area, then packaged him in a rescue basket and hauled him back up to the gorge trail and then to West King Road, where Bangs Ambulance was waiting to transport him.

The man was transported to a regional trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to IFD, who says the rescue took about an hour and a half, and used six firefighters, three Bangs paramedics, and park staff. IFD had to call in off-duty firefighters on the holiday.

The IFD release reminds area residents, especially in hot weather, to stay on marked trails and swim only in designated areas of our state parks, when a life guard is on duty.

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