August 3, 2017
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, NY – Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty reports that on on Tuesday in the 3pm hour – the Livingston Co. E-9-1-1 Center received a call for a teenager that fell from a waterfall in an area off of Canadice Road in the Town of Springwater. The original reports were that the fall could have been from approximately 200 feet.
The Sheriff says that Deputies, along with Fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene for the rescue and investigation. Once emergency personnel were on scene, and found that the 18 year old victim from the fall, Christopher Corridi, was hiking the waterfalls with his 17 year old friend.
The preliminary investigation reveals that Corridi decided to try and climb a set of waterfalls that were approximately 100 feet tall while his friend hiked a different path around the falls. At some point during Corridi’s climb, he apparently lost his footing and fell to the bottom of the falls. Officials say Corridi lost consciousness and sustained a head wound from the fall. Fortunately for Corridi, the Froehler family was wading in the water beneath the falls. Thomas Froehler and his wife Shannon were able to render immediate assistance to Corridi which included calling 911 for help, controlling the bleeding and administering several rescue breaths until Corridi regained consciousness.
Members of the Springwater Fire Department were able to rope repel to the bottom of the falls and prepare Corridi for a high angle rope rescue conducted by the Ontario County Rope Rescue Team. Once the rope rescue was completed, Corridi was conscious and alert and was flown by LifeNet to Strong Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Corridi’s injuries are non-life threatening.
Responding personnel from the Sheriff’s Office included members of the Road Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Forensic Identification Unit and Command Staff members. Responding Fire and EMS Units were Springwater Fire Department, Wayland Fire Department, LifeNet, Livonia EMS, Livingston County EMS, and the Ontario County Rope Rescue Team which consisted of members from the Honeoye, Naples, and Richmond Fire Departments.