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Welland hiker rescued from gorge

A Welland, Ont., man hiking with friends in the lower Niagara River Gorge had to be rescued by police after he injured his leg while jumping between rocks near the edge of the lower Niagara River Saturday evening, Niagara Parks Police said.

The 32-year-old man had apparently been drinking while hiking with friends off marked trails when he lost his footing on the rocks at around 7:30 p.m. and was unable to climb out of the gorge on his own, police said.

The hiker, whose name was not released, was carried up from the river shore to the steel staircase at the Niagara Glen by members of the Niagara Falls Fire Department and the Niagara Parks Police Service-High Angle River Team. He was then lifted out of the gorge with the use of a Davit Arm and taken to the hospital at 8:50 p.m.

The injured hiker was cited for being intoxicated in a public place, a violation of Ontario liquor licensing laws, Parks Police said.