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Golfer seriously hurt in fall at Riverside

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
November 8, 2009
— A Janesville man was seriously injured when he fell from a cliff while golfing Saturday afternoon.

The Janesville Fire Department responded to Riverside Golf Course shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday.


The man had stepped over a split-rail fence near the 15th hole to hit his ball, and there was only about 2 feet of ground between the fence and the cliff’s edge, said Shift Cmdr. Scott Morovits of the fire department.


The 57-year-old lost his balance and fell about 25 feet onto rocky ground, Morovits said.


Firefighters initially borrowed a golf cart to get to the scene.


Paramedics strapped the man to a backboard, and five firefighters and paramedics carried him up a trail to the golf course, Morovits said. The man waited in the ambulance until a medical helicopter arrived.


Morovits said he could not reveal the extent of the injuries to the man’s arm, but he said the helicopter was called because of the seriousness of the injuries and the fact that the ambulance had to travel over rough ground to leave the golf course.


The man was taken to University Hospital, Madison.



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