A man fell and slid 40 feet down a popular waterfall in the Hudson Valley.

On Friday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation received a call from a concerned citizen reporting that a young man fell from the Kaaterskill Falls.

The man was visiting the Kaaterskill Falls area with a group. He separated from the group, disregarded warning signs, hiked off the trail and went down the steep slope below the viewing platform, officials say.

Due to the steepness and loose debris, the young man fell and slid approximately 40 feet, according to the DEC.

He managed to get down to the bottom of the steep slope and cross the stream to the trail. A forest ranger found him at the bottom of the stairs and began patient care. Officials say he sustained injuries to his upper left leg and left arm.

Rangers packaged the man in a litter and carried him out to the State Route 23A trailhead where he was turned over to Hunter EMS for transport to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

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