CATTARAUGUS CREEK – Forest rangers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation say they rescued a male hiker who fell off a ledge into the Cattaraugus Creek, injuring both legs, after he was separated from his hiking group at around 8:30 p.m. May 27.
Forest rangers Wayne Krulish and Justin Thaine responded to the area of Cattaraugus Creek after another hiker in the area found the injured man and called 911.
The rangers reportedly followed 911 coordinates placing the man on the South Branch of the creek.
At 11:25 p.m., rescuers from the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department reached the 29-year-old man from Allegany, secured him in a litter, and carried him out to the Forty Road parking area, arriving at 1 a.m. Ranger Thaine conducted interviews and the injured hiker was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.
All Rangers left the area by 3 a.m.