A girl was seriously injured when she fell from a cliff and then plunged into the river. Christian Farrell filed this report from the banks of the river, a spot authorities say can be quite dangerous come summertime.
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Cliff jumping can be a popular pastime along the Delaware River in the summer. But Thursday afternoon, the fun ended rather abruptly. A girl was seriously injured after falling from a rock overlooking the river.
Angel Toro, on vacation at the Eddy Farm Resort in Sparrowbush, recalls what happened.
"She must have fell a good 50 feet. Easily. And she fell alongside the rocks," said Toro.
Toro says he immediately used his cell phone to call 911. From his side of the river, he says he watched friends pull the girl to the shore and begin performing CPR. Soon after that, the Sparrowbush Fire Department arrived on the scene.
"We sent the EMTs over with a defibrillator in a raft and they brought the patient back. She was in serious condition. We really couldn't tell the injuries from looking at her what exactly was her problem. We medivacced her out to Westchester Medical Center. She was unconscious," said Sparrowbush Fire Chief Scott Glynn.
Across the river, the cliff jumping continued despite the earlier accident.
Local fire officials say they respond to about 20 emergency calls each summer due to accidents along the river.
"The cliffs are a dangerous area to begin with. It's just a sloping rock. Everybody's feet are wet. They slide down with loose rocks, slide off the cliffs and get hurt," said Glynn.
In some cases, seriously. As far as one man sees it ...
"Something has got to prevent these kids from jumping off those rocks," said Toro.
A thought many have likely had around here for a long time.