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3 RESCUED FROM LEDGE IN GORGE

A 20-year-old man and two teen-agers were rescued from the Niagara River Gorge on Friday after they got trapped on a ledge 100 feet above the gorge floor north of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, police said.

Charles J. Rolfe, 20, of 532 Memorial Parkway, Niagara Falls, and a 13-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy from Gaskill Middle School were helped down the gorge by ropes and harnesses with the assistance of five Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 firefighters, who rappelled into the gorge and rescued the trio from the ledge, Fire Chief Les Myers said.

Rolfe was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for taking the two boys into the gorge, police said.

The two boys turned out to be suspended from Gaskill Middle School and were turned over to the principal, police said.

The three were spotted by Edward R. Cavinder of Kirby Avenue, Lackawana, who heard rocks falling down the gorge while he was at work painting the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and saw the three stuck on the ledge, troopers said.

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