Albany Co. Sheriff: Guilderland man seriously injured in Thacher Park fall


A 19-year-old man was seriously injured early Saturday when he fell from a cliff at John Boyd Thacher State Park after he and another person had been drinking and passed signs warning of danger, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said on Facebook.

The man fell at least 150 feet straight down a ravine after crossing the barrier at an overlook of a cliff, officials said. He was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center for treatment.

The incident happened before 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Gazette news gathering partner CBS6. The station also identified the injured man as Dylan J. Dunney, of Guilderland. 

A caller told dispatchers his friend had fallen off the overlook and needed assistance. The Albany County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team responded and found that Dunney had fallen about 150 feet straight down, then slid another 300 to 400 feet down a steep embankment.

“Our Paramedics and Deputies quickly rappelled to the subject and were able to keep him alive even though he suffered massive trauma,” Apple wrote on Facebook. “Blood was mixed at Albany Med and brought to the scene were two Doctors were able to give my paramedic life saving Instructions.”

The incident happened after the caller and Dunney had been drinking. Then walked past danger signs and Dunney fell, Apple said.

One person was taken into custody for serving alcohol to a minor and trespass, Apple said. His post did not specify if that person was the caller or someone else. More charges may be coming, Apple wrote.

New Salem Fire Department assisted in pulling Dunney out. State parks police and state police also helped at the scene.

“This was a perfect example of training paying off,” Apple wrote.

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