INDIAN FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Thursday evening Matthew Kwiatkowski, 17, of West Seneca, fell off Indian Falls in the Town of Pembroke and into the water below. He managed to make it to a rock ledge and lifted himself out of the water. He was then lifted out of the gorge by the Genesee County Rope Rescue Team. It is believed he sustained a neck or back injury in the fall. He was transported to ECMC by Mercy Flight where his condition is unknown.
William Schutt Deputy Fire Coordinator said, "It was quite a lengthy rescue, to be able to get him out of the water, and then from the water up out the gorge or the sides of the embankment."
Emergency officials say they do four or five rescues from the gorge each year, but it is especially dangerous this time of year.
Schutt said, "Unfortunately we come here a few times a year, usually it's in the middle of the summer, the water levels are a little bit lower, it's a little easier to do a rescue. Now the water levels are very high, so you had rushing water on both sides of where the location they were at."
Kwaitkowski was there with three friends who were able to get out of the gorge themselves. The Genesee County Sheriff's Department says charges may be pending from the incident.
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