Coast Guard rescues man after fall from cliff

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard Station Marquette, Mich., medically evacuated a 20-year-old male after he fell from a cliff at the Presque Isle Park near the upper breakwater northside, Thursday, at approximately 7 p.m.

“We arrived on scene and a paramedic had him in a stokes litter at the bottom of the 80-to-100 foot cliff; he apparently sustained an injury to his right leg,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Alexander Hill.

Hill and his 25-foot small response boat (RB-S) crew of Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Christopher Connolly and Machinery Technician 3rd Class Frederick Ruiz arrived on scene within 10 minutes.

Connolly deployed as a surface rescue swimmer to guide the 20-year-old, a student at Northern Michigan University, safely on to the 25-footer’s bow.

The crew transferred him to awaiting Emergency Medical Services at the Upper Harbor Presque Isle Marina, Mich., whereupon EMS transported him to Marquette General Hospital.

A good Samaritan dialed 911 when he saw a person injured at the base of the cliff; Marquette County Dispatch then contacted Station Marquette for assistance.

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners and anyone who recreates on or near the Great Lakes to have a signaling device such as a cell phone or a marine band radio on hand when someone is in distress.

Day and night visible flares, a signal mirror, and/or a whistle, airhorn or sound producing device can also be used to alert others when an emergency occurs.

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