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Friday, February 21, 2014

Cook Forest Fall Victim Story Updated By Man Who Was There and Helped With Rescue

Emergency Crews Respond to Cook Forest after Man Plummets 150 Feet
Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer
Explore Clarion
COOKSBURG, Pa. (EYT) – A man was rescued yesterday around 2:47 p.m. at Cook Forest after falling approximately 150 feet.

Sources say the victim, a 46-year-old male, was hiking with two other individuals on the Seneca Trail in Cook Forest.

He fell around 150 feet off a steep bank that leads to the Clarion River. Read more...

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "UPDATE: Emergency Crews Respond to Cook Forest aft...":

I would like to make a further update and corrections to your post "Emergency Crews Respond to Cook Forest after Man Plummets 150 Feet". The man that was rescued was not 46 but 26 years of age, he was with his wife both of whom are from Blairsville, PA. He a Historical Architect and his wife a Teacher for the Indiana, PA school district. He was transported to UPMC Presby in Pittsburgh, PA where he was admitted to the ICU. The young man's fall had resulted in severe lacerations to his scalp requiring skin grafts as well as several broken ribs. He was not hiking with two other people, just his wife. The reason that I know this information is that my nephew and I where the first to respond to the accident. We where pulled over at MacBeth's Store and got out of our vehicle when we heard cries for help from across the Clarion River. We immediately got back in our vehicle and crossed the bridge on RT 36 and headed up the trail head with a blanket we had in the back of our vehicle. We where able to locate the man and his wife. Upon arrival we dressed his wound and covered him with the blanket. Next I sandwiched the victim between his wife and myself to ward off hypotheria while my nephew crawled back up the cliff to the trail head to aid the professional rescuers in locating the victim. I took almost an hour for a First Responder to arrive at the seen. If not for my nephew and I being in the right place at the right time the victim may have well died from the cold. The First Responder was ill prepared, equipped and trained for such a situation. There was however, a nurse who arrived shortly after (blond haired) that may have been one of the bravest and capable women I have ever met. The reason that I have posted to this Blog is not so much to criticize the First Responders as get the word out that they require additional training and equipment to better help those in such situations. My nephew's and my name where taken by a Park Ranger for record. Please donate to the VFD's mentioned in the article so that they may provide better service to our fellow AMERICAN'S in such situations!!!  

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