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New York man survives 40-foot fall from waterfalls

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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NAPLES, N.Y. — Authorities say a 46-year-old man is hospitalized with serious injuries suffered when he fell about 40 feet while hiking near waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region.

The Ontario County Sheriff's Office tells local media that Philip Defranco of Farmington was hiking with friends Wednesday afternoon in Grimes Glen in the town of Naples, on the Steuben County line 40 miles south of Rochester.

Deputies say Defranco lost his footing at the top of the waterfall and fell some 40 feet, landing on a ledge and injuring his head and chest. He then fell into the water and began drifting downstream before his friends pulled him out.

Defranco was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he's listed in guarded condition Thursday.

 
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