GOWANDA, NY (WKBW) -- Four hikers are fortunate to be home in Cheektowaga after being trapped on a cliff in Zoar Valley late Thursday. Eyewitness News spoke to those hikers soon after they were rescued. They say they were hiking public trails near Button Road in Zoar Valley when one of them dropped a bag down part of the cliff. They tried to go down and get it and became stuck.
One hiker says he was able to climb out and get help. "I wasn't going to let my friends get stranded in the dark, I told them to stay together be safe," Brandon Grinder, one of the rescued hikers, said. "I managed to find my way to the top, adrenalin got me there, god got me there, I don't know what is was."
The others were then rescued, one by the Erie County Sheriff helicopter and the other two hikers were brought to safety by rescue teams that had to climb down the cliff to get to them. "It was getting dark, we wouldn't be able to see our footing down," Ashley Sloier, one of the rescued hikers, said. "We had no light...so we were hoping someone was coming from above, which they did."
The hikers say they were stuck for nearly four hours before being rescued and are very thankful for their happy ending. It was just last month that a man fell to his death into the Zoar Valley gorge while hiking.