Man falls while walking off trail at Devil's Hole

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) - A man had to be rescued after falling while walking off trail at Devil's Hole State Park in Niagara Falls.

Police say the man, a tourist from New Mexico, fell down a hill and hit his head. Officers say the man was only around 12 feet off the trail, but slipped because the ground is so wet and saturated from recent rainfall.

There are signs throughout the park warning visitors to stay on the trail. Police say the man fell while trying to get closer to the water.

The man grabbed a tree to try to stop himself but eventually lost his grip. He was around 300 feet from the start of the trail. Rescuers had to put him in a basket to carry him up.

Police say the man wasn't properly dressed to be hiking.

"He was wearing sandals, which is never a good idea when you're hiking down the gorge. There's been a lot of rain so it's slippery, he was off the trail, he slipped and hit his head on a rock," Parks Police told 7 Eyewitness News.

The man was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight but police say he was talking to rescuers and is expected to be okay.

Park Police remind everyone to stay on the trail. They say they this is their second rescue in the last five days at Devil's Hole State Park. On Saturday, three people went off the trail and it took four hours to rescue them.

There has been a similar situation at the Eternal Flame Trail in Orchard Park, where the frequent falls ultimately resulted in tragedy last week when a 15-year-old fell to his death.




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