An 18-year-old female from Fairport reportedly fell 20 feet into the Fallbrook gorge close to Rte. 63 at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, and first responders spent the next 90 minutes pulling her back up the steep, wooded slope to the ambulance on a stretcher.
“It was a 90 minute rescue,” said Geneseo Fire Chief Andrew Chanler. “It was 20 minutes from the time of the call until we had contact with the victim. Though the victim had people with her, it was 20 minutes before someone with a radio could get to her. We had one group of firefighters walk around and one group rope down the cliff, and they both arrived at the victim at about the same time.”
According to first responders on scene, the victim is conscious and breathing, but is complaining of back pain.
Geneseo Fire and Ambulance are on scene, assisted by Mount Morris firefighters members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, and Livingston County EMS.
“The process is tedious,” added Chief Chanler, “but the care that is taken getting to the victim in a case like this pays off by keeping everyone involved as safe as possible.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Conrad Baker)
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