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Two hikers rescued from Niagara Gorge

New York State Park Police rescued two women Saturday afternoon from the Niagara Gorge, after the hikers left a marked trail and became stranded between Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool State Park.

The women, ages 19 and 20, called 911 at about 1:15 p.m. to report that they were stranded halfway up the wall of the gorge and unable to get back down safely to the gorge trail.

Police responded to the scene and used basic rope rescue techniques to bring the hikers down to the trail. Niagara Falls firefighters also responded and evaluated the hikers for injuries.

The women were escorted out of the gorge at about 3 p.m. They were both charged with a failing to use established ways, a violation.