VIDEO: Man injured after fall from bluff, rescued by helicopter


Just one day after a deadly landslide in St. Paul, first responders geared up again Thursday to rescue a man who tumbled down a riverside cliff.

KARE 11 reports the man in his 20s was walking along a bluff right off Mississippi River Boulevard and Hartford Avenue when he slipped and fell 80 to 100 feet.

The man landed in an extremely wooded area with difficult access. Rescuers cleared brush and tree branches with chainsaws to make way for the State Patrol helicopter that lifted him out of the area.

He was transported to the hospital with back and hip injuries.

St. Paul Fire Department First District Chief Stacy Hohertz told KARE 11 that the incident isn't unusual.

"The area seems to be really slippery and people don't realize they're getting too close to the edge," Hohertz said.

Hohertz said the helicopter was close by after responding to Lilydale Regional Park when a bluff gave way Wednesday, trapping four children on a field trip. Two children did not survive and two others were injured.

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