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Sheriff: Two airlifted after fall at Carpenter Falls in Cayuga County

Sheriff Brian Schenck provided an update on the fall and rescue effort that took place at Carpenter Falls in the town of Niles around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

At approximately 4:06pm, the Cayuga County 911 Center received a 911 call that two persons had fallen from atop Carpenter’s Falls to the shallow pool below. Witnesses at the scene aided the victims and successfully removed them from the pool to safety.

Both of the victims, who were not named, but identified as teens in a press release, sustained no serious injuries, Sheriff Schenck said.

A number of witnesses who were hiking in the area were interviewed and it was determined that the fall sustained by both individuals was accidental.

Sheriff Schecnk reminded local residents and those touring the area that Carpenter’s Falls can be safely viewed from Appletree Point Road. Experienced hikers wishing to see the terrain can do so with a series of trails that lead to the basin pool. “Crossing over the protective guardrail at the top of the falls is a dangerous activity and the area is protected for good reason,” he added.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Cayuga County 911 Center, New Hope Fire Department, Sempronius Fire Department, Moravia Fire Department, Owasco Fire Department, SAVES Ambulance, Four Town Ambulance, Mercy Flight One & Two, Cayuga County High Angle Rescue Team and the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office.