GOWANDA, NY (WKBW-TV) - It was a happy ending for Andrew Carriero, 18, and six would-be rescuers after getting stranded in a gorge in Zoar Valley.
Gowanda Fire Chief Steve Raiport said it all started Monday afternoon when rescue crews were called to the valley after Carriero separated from his hunting group.
"His hunting party tried to guide him out of the woods but then called for help around 12:30," Raiport said.
They brought in the Erie County Sheriff's Helicopter and located Carriero around 8 pm. Carriero fell down a gorge and broke his leg.
A half a dozen Rescue workers from the sheriff's office and volunteer fire fighters attempted to rescue him but because of the rough terrain and rain storm they too got stuck in gorge.
"The weather and the creek level basically stranded our rescue workers against the wall. They couldn't go up or down," Carriero said.
They also lost contact with the command post. Nate Stobert with the New York State Police said that's when his group took action, locating the hunter and rescuers.
"First thing we had to do is asses the hunter. Then we propelled down with a rescue basket and assessed him, treated him and got him packaged and ready to bring up," Stobert said.
Carriero was finally rescued around three a.m. And brought to ECMC to be treated fro his injuries. The last of six rescue workers was brought up from the gorge around sun-up and treated for minor injuries. No one else was hurt.
"Glad it's over and everyone is safe. We worked well together with all the agencies," Raiport said.
They said it was that teamwork that made this happy ending possible.
Stay tuned for Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. for more about a press conference being held by the Erie County Sheriff's Office regarding this successful rescue.