CUYAHOGA FALLS — A Kent man, who was rescued Saturday by a rescue team, told officials he said he was unable to climb out of the gorge after walking down to the Cuyahoga river beneath the Glens High Bridge. He was stuck there for about more than three hours.
“He was out and about with a friend or friends in a car,” Cuyahoga Falls Fire Chief Fred Jackson said Wednesday. “They parted their separate ways. He went for a walk and ended up down along the river in the gorge. He really wasn’t more specific than that. He walked all the way down to where the water touches the rock and then he walked upstream and then he got himself into a position where he wasn’t comfortable turning around and walking back downstream. There was a sheer rock face beside him and there was fast moving water in front of him; so, he kind of walked into a funnel.”
The man was not injured.
Jackson said a woman on the observation bridge, downstream of Broad Boulevard, called 911 at about 7:45 p.m. after she saw the 34-year-old man below. The man later said he had been stuck there since about 4 p.m., said Jackson.
A member of the fire department rescue team was lowered from the east edge of the gully. The man was secured by a harness and lifted to safety.
Jackson said the fire department cleared the scene at a little before 11 p.m.
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