St. Paul man falls from cliff in Hastings
The Hastings Fire Department, Hastings Police and State Patrol joined
forces Wednesday to rescue a young St. Paul male from a fall he had
taken off a cliff just west of the old railroad trestle over the
Three young males were at the top of the cliff. Reportedly, one went
to sit down, leaned against a log and lost his balance, falling over
the edge, said fire and EMS director Mike Schutt. He fell about 30
feet to a small ledge on the side of the cliff. Emergency responders
received the call at about 6:15 p.m.
A nearby state trooper made his way to the ledge and provided care
while the fire department set up rigging. Firefighters rappelled over
the side to reach the victim and provided first aid on the ledge
before securing him in a stokes basket and hoisting him up. He was
airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
"Human error was definitely a factor here," Schutt said.
It had still been light out at the time of the fall, but the rescue
was largely performed in the dark, Schutt said.