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Monday, July 15, 2019
COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE PRESSA male hiker was injured May 15 after falling about 80 feet off a cliff on the Blue Mountain at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Washington Township. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE PRESSA male hiker was injured May 15 after falling about 80 feet off a cliff on the Blue Mountain at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Washington Township.
COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE PRESSNorthern Valley and Walnutport EMS, Slatington, Emerald, Slatedale and East Allen firefighters and EMS; and Lehigh County Technical Rescue responded to the scene. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE PRESSNorthern Valley and Walnutport EMS, Slatington, Emerald, Slatedale and East Allen firefighters and EMS; and Lehigh County Technical Rescue responded to the scene.

Hiker rescued from 80-foot fall

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by TERRY AHNER tahner@tnonline.com in Police Log

Crews respond to Blue Mountain near Lehigh Gap Nature Center

A male hiker was injured May 15 after falling about 80 feet off a cliff on the Blue Mountain at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Washington Township.

State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, say troopers were dispatched around 6:40 p.m. to the area of Mountain Road and Route 873 for a report of an individual who fell into a heavily wooded area.

Upon arrival, they determined an 18-year-old male was hiking and climbing with friends, a 17-year-old from Allentown and a 17-year-old from Schnecksville, in the area known as “Devin’s Point.”

Troopers located the injured hiker and provided first aid to the him while directing search and rescue personnel to their location.

The search and rescue operation took about three hours to extricate the injured hiker, who was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Also assisting at the scene were Northern Valley EMS, Slatington and Emerald firefighters, Lehigh County Technical Rescue, East Allen firefighters and EMS, Walnutport EMS and Slatedale firefighters.