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Hiker falls off cliff on Whiteface Mountain

March 7, 2017
By staff , Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - A Quebec man was seriously injured Saturday morning after he fell off a cliff while hiking Whiteface Mountain.

The 26-year-old, from St. Hubert, Quebec, whose name was not provided, was descending the mountain when he lost his footing, slid off the trail, went through the woods about 30 feet and fell off a 25-foot vertical cliff, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation press release. He landed on the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, DEC said.

"The subject required medical assistance for serious injuries," the release states.

DEC received a request for assistance from Essex County 911 at 10:46 a.m. Saturday.

Forest rangers arrived at a staging area on the Whiteface Highway at 11:45 a.m. They and Wilmington ambulance personnel rode snowmobiles up the highway to the injured subject, reaching him at 12:08 p.m.

After a medical evaluation, he was packaged and brought down the Whiteface Highway at 12:36 p.m. Wilmington ambulance transported him to a landing zone, where he was loaded into a medivac helicopter and flown to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.

The incident concluded at 1:35 p.m., DEC said.



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