Girl rescued from Perry gorge

Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team members work to rescue a 15-year-old girl who fell into a 250-foot gorge Thursday evening near the Silver Lake Outlet. The rescue took five hours.

PERRY — A 15-year-old girl suffered serious injuries Thursday evening after falling over a 250-foot gorge along Handley Road.

The incident was reported 5:21 p.m. at 7536 Handley Rd., Wyoming County Emergency Management officials said. The teen was at the bottom of the gorge with injuries.

Perry police, firefighters and ambulance personnel responded, along with county sheriff’s deputies.

Once on scene, several attempts were made to locate the girl from above, but the terrain and vegetation made the rescue difficult, according to county Sheriff’s Office. The Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team was then dispatched.

Deputy Austin Harding also entered the Silver Lake Outlet near the former Perry Knitting Mill location and made his way to the teen.

The girl had suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was removed by the Rope Rescue Team with help from firefighters and taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

During the rescue, it was learned a second female — a 15-year-old friend of the victim — was also stranded partially down the gorge. A male friend of the family tried to assist the efforts on his own and likewise wound up trapped partiallly down.

Rescuers removed them and brought them to a safe location.

The rescues took five hours. One firefighter suffered minor injuries but remained on the scene.

The response also included Perry Center firefighters, county Emergency Management personnel, state police and Livingston County EMS. The Rope Rescue Team includes members of the Wyoming, Cowlesville, Attica, Perry and Bennington fire departments.

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