Seconds after Red Wing police and firefighters responded to a call Tuesday afternoon of a fallen hiker on the north side of Barn Bluff, firefighters witnessed the victim fall to his death, coming to rest along the side of the railroad tracks at the base of the bluff, Fire Captain Jim Eppen said in a press release.
Red Wing police identified the hiker Wednesday as Frank Gritters, 81, of Pella, Iowa.
Gritters had been stranded on the side of a steep incline below the north trail, the release states, and continued to fall after police and firefighters were on scene.
Paramedics and police began life-saving efforts immediately and continued until Mayo One Helicopter landed on scene, according to the release.
At that time, the decision to discontinue resuscitation efforts was made due to the nature of the injuries, Eppen said.
An employee from the wastewater treatment plant called to inform police and paramedics of a fallen hiker at 12:47 p.m., Eppen said.
According to the release, eight firefighters and four police officers responded to the scene.
The north trail of Barn Bluff has been closed for the last two years due to its dangerous hiking path. Eppen said the fire and police departments asks that people respect the signs and barricades posted.
This is the second hiker who has fallen from the north trail this month. A woman was uninjured when she fell from the trail past a “trail closed” sign on April 4.