Two who fell down 50-foot cliff in Macomb were intoxicated, troopers say both suffered injuries
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 11:41 am

MACOMB -- New York State police say the two people who fell down a 50-foot cliff Monday on Graystone Road on Black Lake were intoxicated.

Richard D. Goolden, 57, of Redwood, and Tonya J. Howe, 44, of Lafargeville, were both injured after the falling down the cliff.

Troopers say Goolden was intoxicated and had tried to leap from a deck in an attempt to scale down the hillside to the lakefront. He apparently lost his footing “resulting in a rapid descent down the hillside,” Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said.

Troopers say Howe then followed suit and also fell down the cliff. Howe suffered several “lacerations and contusions.”

Goolden suffered similar injuries and possibly some damaged ribs.

Both parties were transported from the scene by boat and were taken to Shippee’s Landing.

Morristown Rescue transported Howe and Goolden to the hospital.

A state police rescue helicopter responded, but was not used to extract Goolden.

“Our helicopter responded due to the nature of the original call, however, was disregarded after EMS personnel arrived on scene to find the pair were seated in lawn chairs following their fall,” Fleishman said.

An earlier report from Morristown Volunteer Fire Department estimated the drop at 60 feet.