Family of Injured Hunter Thanks Rescuers

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM EDT

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Family of Injured Hunter Thanks Rescuers

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The family of the teenaged hunter who was rescued from Zoar Valley earlier this week released a statement Wednesday, thanking rescuers and updating the community on his condition.

18-year-old Andrew Carriero became stranded after falling down a gorge and breaking his leg while hunting in Zoar Valley. A half-dozen rescue workers became stuck with him during a rescue attempt, but crews were eventually able to get Carriero to safety.

In a statement released Wednesday, Carriero's family updated his condition and thanked rescue workers for saving his life.

"“Andrew has been moved out of the ECMC Trauma Intensive Care Unit and his condition continues to improve.”

“We wish to thank all rescuers/first responders and health care providers who rescued, saved and/or treated Andrew including: the Gowanda Police and Fire Departments/Chief(s), all other participating Fire Departments and their members, Cattaraugus County Emergency Services/Coordinator, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, Erie County Air One and Emergency Services, the New York State Police Special Operation Response Team (SORT)—especially their high angle rescue team, the New York State Forest Rangers, the Erie County SMART Team physicians, Rural Metro Ambulance, and the Erie County Medical Center. Our sincere appreciation and thanks go out to all organizations and individuals involved in this life-saving effort of our loved one.”