Man who fell down embankment pulled to safety

HARRIS TOWNSHIP — Boalsburg Fire Company executed a specialized rescue along Spring Creek on Lawnwood Avenue Tuesday afternoon after a man apparently fell down a steep embankment while walking his dog.

Fire Chief Chris Dry said a man and woman who live in a home near the site of the accident heard the man screaming for help and called 911. Crews used rope and pulleys to pull him up about 25 yards to safety.

It wasn’t clear whether he fell into the creek or alongside it. Dry said the extent of the man’s injuries was unknown, but he was complaining of pain in both legs. He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment.

The wooded slope was very slippery from wet leaves and ground muddied by recent rain.

It took rescue crews less than 15 minutes to get the man to an ambulance, but it wasn’t known how long he was down there before someone heard his cries.

Dry said they weren’t sure where the man fell from, but said he had a dog with him and was probably walking on a path

The man “seemed disoriented” and in pain, and crews wrapped him in blankets to warm him while they pulled him up the embankment, but he wasn’t able to answer questions about how he fell, Dry said.

Sara Ganim can be reached at 231-4616.