GOWANDA, NY (WKBW / RELEASE ) The Erie County Sheriff's Office reports another rescue in the Zoar Valley Gorge Saturday.
Michael Carlaisto, 30 years old and Angela Worlui, 35 years old, both of Tonawanda, NY, who attempted to raft from East Otto to Gowanda on Cattaraugus Creek in the Zoar Valley
As the water started to rise and darkness began to set in, the two rafters became stranded and called 911 using their cellular phone.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office, along with the New York State Forest Rangers, Gowanda Volunteer Fire Company, Collins Volunteer Fire Company and Collins Center Volunteer Fire Company responded to assist the two stranded rafters.
The stranded rafters were attached to ropes and were walked out of the gorge on a section known as the “Knife Edge”.
“These two rafters were fortunate to have escaped this incident with only minor injury. Whether you are rafting, hiking or enjoying other outdoor activities, be aware of hazards in the area, always leave a trip itinerary with a responsible person and have essential emergency equipment,” said Sheriff Timothy B. Howard.
Howard also noted that Cattaraugus Creek can quickly rise due to rainfall upstream, trapping people in the gorge. It’s recommended to always check the weather before engaging in recreational activities in or near the Zoar Valley creek bed.
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