Ithaca firefighters rescue teen from icy area at Beebe Dam

Update: A 19-year-old man was rescued from an icy area at Beebe Dam Friday morning, an official said.

It's unclear how the teen ended up in the gorge, but a passerby reported the incident at 7:53 a.m. and officials responded to the area near Thurston Avenue and Cradit Farm Drive.


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The man was rescued by the Ithaca Fire Department using a combination of ropes and ladders, said Deputy Chief David Honan of Cornell University Police. The rescue took about 30 minutes.

He was treated for exposure and taken to a waiting helicopter in a Bangs Ambulance. The teen is being treated at Robert Packer Hospital in Pennsylvania, Lt. Tom Basher, of the Ithaca Fire Department said in a news release.

The scene was cleared of all emergency personnel by 9 a.m.

Temperatures were around 10 degrees Friday morning, but felt just above zero degrees with the wind chill.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A medical helicopter was called to the Cornell campus after a report concerning the safety of someone at the base of one of the falls was made Friday morning.

According to a 911 dispatcher, the call for service came in at 7:50 a.m.

The dispatcher said the Ithaca Fire Department, Cornell police and  Cornell emergency personnel are at the scene.

The incident allegedly happened near the walking bridge by the Noyes Lodge, located by the intersection of Thurston Avenue and Cradit Farm Drive.


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