On Friday June 3rd, at approximately 7:50pm the Cold Spring Fire Company received a call for a stranded and possibly injured hiker along the Washburn (White) Trail somewhere near the abandoned Hudson River Stone Corporation Quarry. Upon arrival on scene it was determined that the subject was more than a hundred feet off of the ground, precariously holding himself from falling. Immediately, calls were placed for rescue helicopters from the New York State Police and the New York Police Department. Shortly thereafter, two helicopters from the NYSP arrived on scene from Stewart ANG and attempted to look for an opening to lower a rescuer to the victim. Unable to do so, and running low on fuel the helicopter temporarily returned to Stewart for refueling. When it became apparent that the victim’s situation was continuing to deteriorate two firefighters from CSFC decided to attempt an approach to the victim from below. Over the next hour the two firefighters were able to successfully climb the rock face and make contact with the victim, while another team of firefighters made the trek around the rim of the quarry to approach the victim from above. With the refeuled NYSP helicopter now providing light on the scene, the firefighters were able to package the victim, provide them with water and secure a rope line over the rim of the quarry. Upon arrival of the second team, they were able to work in conjunction to safely retrieve the victim up and off of the quarry face. The victim was treated on scene. In all, the operation took nearly five hours.
The Cold Spring Fire Company would like to thank the North Highlands Engine Company, the New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Transcare Medics, and Cold Spring Police Department – who all responded and helped in the situation.
Fore more media coverage see:
“Cold Spring Fire Company Pulls Off Dramatic Rescue” by Michael Turton (Philipstown.Info)
“Dangerous Rescue” by Douglass Cunningham (PCNR)