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Akron Man Falls off Gorge Metro Park Cliff, Lives

Cuyahoga Falls Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene near Front Street and Harmon Court and conducted a search and rescue.

Gorge Metro Park cliffs aren't exactly the safest places to observe local wildlife. 

At 10:55 p.m. Tuesday night, a Front Street resident called Cuyahoga Falls Police after a woman frantically arrived at his doorstep and said her husband had just fallen off a nearby cliff.

According to police reports, the wife said she and her husband were sitting in the rain and watching deer walk by when he suddenly slipped and fell into Gorge Metro Park.

“It appears the man rolled down an embankment, then fell about 40 feet off a steep ledge and hit the terrain below,” said Cuyahoga Falls Fire Chief Paul Moledor.

Several officers were dispatched to the scene of the accident near Front Street and Harmon Court and began yelling down the cliffside in an attempt to contact the 35-year-old Akron man.

To step up the search, Cuyahoga Falls firefighters arrived and repelled down the cliff, while other rescue workers used nearby trails to reach the valley floor.

Fire trucks and cruisers were used to close off Front street during the search.

When the man was found, he was responsive and unable to walk, but had suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police radio dispatches.

The man was immobilized and taken to an area hospital. 

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