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Montauk Lighthouse visitor injured in fall, police say

The Montauk Lighthouse in 2009.

The Montauk Lighthouse in 2009. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

A person fell inside the Montauk Lighthouse and had to be rescued Sunday afternoon, but was not seriously injured, officials said.

East Hampton Town police were called to the lighthouse at about 3:50 p.m. Sunday, a police dispatcher said.

Additional details, including injuries, were not immediately available. The dispatcher said police were still on the scene.

Lighthouse keeper Joe Gaviola said in a text message the individual was not seriously hurt and would not be taken to a hospital.

The 111-feet tall lighthouse at 2000 Montauk Hwy. is a popular tourist destination. The historic structure was commissioned by George Washington in 1792.

A $1.1 million project to repair cracks in the structure began in May.

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