A 24-year-old man fell off a 30-foot cliff in Patapsco Valley State Park Sunday afternoon, landing in a remote area of the park and sustaining injuries that required his rescue by a Baltimore County Fire Department team. It took the team an hour to reach the man and hoist him back up the cliff to a waiting State Police helicopter.
Elise Armacost, spokeswoman for Baltimore County police, said the man and his female companion were sitting atop the cliff about 4:40 p.m when he fell. He landed near the Patapsco River, but in an area that could be reached only by trail. A special search-and-rescue team decided to place the man in a litter, known as Stokes basket, and hoist him to the top of the cliff. The man was conscious and alert throughout the rescue, Armacost said.