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CNY man in critical condition after fall over Crater Lake rim

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A Central New York man remains on a respirator at an Oregon hospital after falling 300 feet into the remains of a volcano that forms the nation's deepest and clearest lake.

Rogue Medical Center spokesman Grant Walker says Eric Brimlow, 27, originally from Otsego County, remains in critical condition.

Rescuers plucked Brimlow from the caldera at Crater Lake last week. Witnesses say he was with friends when he went beyond a barrier onto a snow bank at an overlook, fell headfirst and slid partway down the 700-foot wall toward the lake. His fall was stopped by a tree.

The lake was formed more than 7,000 years ago when a volcano named Mount Mazama exploded, leaving a crater that filled with water to a depth of more than 1,900 feet.

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