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Forest rangers give update on high rope rescue at High Tor in Naples

Forest rangers with the Department of Environmental Conservation provided an update late-Tuesday on the rope rescue that happened over the weekend at the High Tor Wildlife Management Area in Naples.

On October 7th at 4:33 p.m., Ontario County 911 reached out to Forest Ranger Dormer about three hikers stranded in the Parish Conklin Gully.

EMS and forest rangers work after rescue is completed. Provided.

Ranger Dormer responded to the scene, met with EMS and volunteers, and set up a Unified Command. Search teams approached the rim trail via UTV and the stream-bed by foot.

At 5:47p.m., search teams located the hikers and determined rope rescues were the best option to get the subjects out safely.


Rescue crews helped one hiker from Canandaigua by a low-angle rope technique, assisting her down some waterfalls, and back to the trailhead where she was warmed up in an ambulance.

The other two hikers from Pennsylvania were evacuated by rescue crews via a 200-foot vertical rope hoist. Yates County Rope Rescue Team, Ontario County High Angle Rope Rescue Team, Naples Ambulance, and the Yates County Sheriff’s Department all assisted in the rescue.

The scene was cleared around 9 p.m.

As the first part of the rope rescue took place. Provided.


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