A hiker was airlifted Tuesday night after falling from a cliff at Rock Island State Park.
According to a report from Rock Island park manager Damon Graham, the man fell an estimated 25 feet while hiking in the Warren County Boat Ramp section of the park.
“It was a group of three and they had climbed some rocks on a bluff,” said Graham. “The guy lost his footing and fell onto some rocks.”
Graham declined to provide the man’s name or say whether he was a local or out-of-town visitor to the park. The man reportedly suffered a severe leg injury, among other injuries.
A Warren County Rescue Squad boat was used to transport the man by water to an awaiting ambulance. The ambulance then transported him to Midway CIC where he was airlifted from a field next to the ballfield.
“Due to the rugged location and it being really steep, it may not have been possible to get him out any other way,” said Graham about using the boat.
Graham said this accident serves as a reminder to be careful while enjoying the beauty of Rock Island State Park.
“We urge people to use caution and avoid walking near ledges and bluffs,” said Graham. “Unexpected things can happen near bluffs and slick rocks.”