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50 Foot Fall at Former IBM Glen in New York

August 4 2004 at 9:58 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to August 2004 Accidents/Rescues


Police and emergency workers rescued a rock climber who fell about 50 feet this morning from a rock wall at the former IBM Glen in the Town of Union.
A Union Volunteer Emergency Squad official said the individual -- William Farrell of Johnson City -- was practicing rapelling about 10:30 a.m. with a group when either the rope parted or his harness malfunctioned.
State police, Broome County sheriff's deputies, Union emergency medical technicians and Broome County Emergency Services responded to the scene. They used all-terrain vehicles to get to the remote site, a quarter-mile into the woods, and dragged Farrell out in a gurney behind an ATV.
Farrell was brought out of the Glen about 12:10 p.m. with apparent head and arm injuries.
His partner, Steve Taylor of Binghamton, was uninjured, and said both had been rock-climbing hobbiests for about a year.

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