- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PERSIA, N.Y. (AP) - Emergency crews that recovered a man’s body from a western New York creek used the same equipment soon after to rescue a hiker who had been swept away by the strong current.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says the man died after falling nearly 200 feet from a cliff in the Zoar Valley gorge early Tuesday morning. A friend discovered his body at the bottom of the cliff along Cattaraugus Creek.

Fire crews used a rescue raft to recover the body. His name hasn’t been released.

State police say a few hours later 35-year-old Kelly Ziolkowski of Tonawanda fell into the creek while hiking with a friend. She was swept downstream while the friend called 911.

Nearby emergency crews used the same raft to pull Ziolkowski from the water. She wasn’t injured.


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