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Police: Fleeing trespasser rescued from cliff along river

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Two men suffered minor injuries, and one had to be rescued from a wooded cliff after they were caught trespassing on property near the Susquehanna River in the Green Branch area of Chanceford Township, police said.

State police were called to a home in the 3300 block of Green Branch Road about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, for a trespassing report, according to Trooper Brent Miller, a state police spokesman.

The Susquehanna River is shown looking north from Safe Harbor Dam.

Troopers spotted two 18-year-olds there, one of whom fell down a steep hill while fleeing, Miller said. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, the trooper said.

The second man took off into wooded cliffs nearby, spurring an extensive search, according to Miller.

He eventually was found on a cliff "that could not be traversed without special equipment," Miller said.

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That's when police called in fire/rescue crews from New Bridgeville Fire Co. and the Craley Community Fire Co. That call came in shortly after 11 p.m., according to 911 dispatch logs.

'Goat path': New Bridgeville Fire Chief Ron Witmer said the man was found on a trail so small it's more like a "goat path."

"That area is really tough to get into," he said.

Rescuers eventually made their way to the man, then used a series of ropes and a Stokes rescue basket to lower the man to a waiting boat, Witmer said.

The boat ferried the man to an area where he could be loaded into an ambulance, at which point he was taken to York Hospital, according to Miller.

No rescuers were hurt, Witmer said.

Miller said troopers continue to investigate to determine charges for both men.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.