Worker Survives Gorge Fall

April 03, 2002
By Marc Zawel
Sun News Editor

A Cornell University male groundsworker doing maintenance work near the suspension bridge over Fall Creek slipped and fell to the bottom of the gorge yesterday afternoon, according to Linda Grace-Kobas, director of Cornell News Service.

The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m.

The groundsworker, whose name has not yet been released by officials, was out doing routine landscaping maintenance work on the other side of the railing of the gorge when he “lost his footing and fell to the bottom of the gorge,” Grace-Kobas said.

The Cornell University Police Department (CUPD), Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and the Ithaca Fire Department all responded to the scene of the accident.

The Ithaca Fire Department, responsible for all gorge retrievals, then proceeded to send rescue workers to the bottom of the gorge to assist the University-employee, according to Grace-Kobas.

The worker was awake and conscious when Ithaca fire fighters found him.

Once rescued, the worker was transported to Cayuga Medical Center where “he is recovering from only minor injuries,” Grace-Kobas said.

“He suffered from abrasions and a possible broken finger. He was very fortunate” she added.

The Ithaca Fire Department could not be reached for comment.

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