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Contact: Kathleen Sandt, Public Affairs Specialist, (570) 426-2472 (O); (570) 234-9144 (C)
According to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue, park rangers and local emergency personnel responded to a report of a seriously injured person at the main waterfall on Adams Creek at approximately 5 pm on Sunday afternoon. This is the fifth time since April that rangers have responded to rescue calls at Adams Creek.
A 27-year-old man from Milford, PA, sustained serious injuries after jumping from a 45-foot cliff into the pool at the base of the falls. Park Rangers were on patrol on the trail to the falls when the call came in through the NPS Communications Center and were able to get to the patient quickly and begin treatment.
The rugged, mile-and-a-half long trail includes four creek crossings and one area where the patient had to be raised and lowered over steep cliffs. It took park rangers and rescue personnel from Delaware Township Ambulance Corp 3 hours to carry the patient from the falls to the road where an ambulance awaited. The patient was transported by Delaware Township Ambulance Corp to a landing zone in Dingmans Ferry and was flown to Morristown Hospital.
For information about Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and all of its programs, services and facilities, call park headquarters at 570-426-2452 (weekdays), visit the park's website, www.nps.gov/dewa, or follow the park on www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS and www.twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS.