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Man leaves trail at Niagara Gorge, falls 25 feet

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Posted at 3:25 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 03:25:18-04

A 54-year-old man had to be airlifted to a Toronto hospital after police say he left the marked trail on the Canadian side of the Niagara Gorge and fell 25 feet.

Niagara Parks Police, the Niagara Falls Fire Department, and the Niagara Emergency Medical Service were called to Niagara Parkway around 7:00 p.m. Sunday.  Police say the man and his family were hiking in the Niagara Glen when the man went off the trail and started climbing up a headwall.  He was about 25 feet up when police say he slipped and fell, hitting his head. 

Paramedics and firefighters were able to care for the man, then bring him to street level using the rescue Davit arm that's in place at the Niagara Glen.  He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Parks police are now reminding everyone who hikes in the gorge to follow these safety tips:

· Stay on marked trails
· Wear suitable clothing and footwear
· Take a cell phone
· Never hike alone
· Avoid hiking in the dark
· Take water and energy bars and
· Tell someone where they are going