Ice climber rescued after 30-foot plunge

January 18, 2009 11:17:10 AM PST
Rescuers battled bitter temperatures to save an ice climber in a Pennsylvania park. Riegelsville Fire Chief Todd Myers said 29-year-old Steven Scott fell an estimated 30 feet onto an ice ledge Saturday, fracturing his ankle.

He was one of a party of three scaling ice that ran up a cliff face along the Delaware River in Nockamixon, Bucks County.

Myers said Scott slammed onto an ice ledge about 105 feet above the ground.

Myers said a Philadelphia firefighter who happened to be ice climbing in the area was able to reach Scott to provide some initial help before local rescuers arrived.

The area is a popular destination for ice climbers. It's legal to climb them as they are part of the state park system.

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Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com

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