NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – A man and woman were taken to local hospitals after being rescued from the Niagara Gorge this morning.

Niagara Parks Police received a 911 call at about 7:20 a.m. reporting a male and female falling over the gorge wall across from the Parks Police building along the Niagara Parkway.

“The information that we received is that they were sitting on the railing and alcohol was definitely involved,” said Acting Sgt. Shawn Black.

The 20-year-old woman was able to cling to a root from a tree near the top of the gorge wall until members of the Niagara Falls Fire Department rappelled over the retaining wall to retrieve her, police said.

The 24-year-old man, however, fell about 50 feet.

The man was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital, where he is in stable condition, Black said.

The female was taken by ambulance to Greater Niagara General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Police did not release the names of the two people.