Man pulled from Clifton Gorge after falling into river

A man is rescued from Clifton Gorge Wednesday after slipping and falling while trying to take a picture (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus).

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Rescue crews were called to the Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve on reports of a person who fell over an edge on Wednesday.

The victim, said to be in his late 20’s, was uninjured and was “caught on something steep,” according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is handling the investigation. It said the man went off the trail and was unable to climb back up to here he was.

Officials at the scene tell 2 NEWS that the man went off the trail to take a picture and fell down the gorge.

Crews were able to assist him back to safety. He will not be transported to a hospital, according to ODNR. Miami Township fire crews say this is the sixth rescue they’ve had to do of this nature within a week and a half — between Clifton Gorge and John Bryant State Park.

“We usually do about six calls in the park, glen, and gorge in a summer,” said Miami Township Fire Chief Colin Altman. “So six in two and a half weeks is a little bit much. Many of those patients have been off the trail like they’re not supposed to do.”

Officials with ODNR will likely cite the man for criminal trespassing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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