Elderly man falls more than 60 feet into gorge

Posted at 10:52 AM, Jul 01, 2016

A 71-year-old man from Germany fell over 60 feet while hiking with his family in the Niagara Gorge.

Niagara Parks Police, Niagara Falls Fire and Niagara EMS responded to the fall. He could not get out of the Gorge on his own and was helped by Emergency Services.

Niagara Helicopters flew the man to the Niagara Helicopters Helipad on Victoria Avenue. He was then transferred to a waiting Ornge Air Ambulance and flown to Hamilton General Hospital.

He had several cuts on his face and his head, but the injuries were considered non-life threatening.

The man fell when he left the marked trail. As a result, the Niagara Parks Police Service released the following statement:

"The Niagara Parks Police would like to remind the public that while the Niagara Gorge is a beautiful place to visit, it can also be dangerous. Stay on the marked trails. Come prepared; know your surroundings, bring a cell phone and water, wear proper clothing and footwear, and let someone know your activity plans while in the Niagara Gorge."