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Two hikers rescued after being injured in Taconic State Park

Two hikers rescued after being injured in Taconic State Park
Photo of rescuers provided by Riverton FD.

Town of the Northeast On Tuesday, two hikers on the Rudd Pond Area of Taconic State Park’s Quarry Hill Trail were injured. The male hiker was saved by a technical rescue, but he suffered a brain injury and was sent to Albany Medical Center.

Just before 2:00 pm on May 14, the Millerton Fire Department responded to a report of an injured female hiker at the Quarry Hill trailhead. Additionally, the report stated that a man hiker may have fallen into a creek and was injured in his head when further up the mountain trail.

After evaluating the situation, the Millerton Fire Department asked the Northwest Rope Rescue Team to help save the man victim who was injured. Firefighters from various fire companies on both sides of the New York-Connecticut border, notably the Amenia Fire Company in Dutchess County, make up the specially-trained rescue squad.

Together with rescuers from the Copake, Ancram, Pine Plains, JH Ketcham, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, New York State Forest Rangers, Northern Dutchess EMS, and Life Star Medivac departments, the team mobilized resources, including specialized Amenia Fire Company apparatus, and responded to the trail.

The man’s head injuries was verified when he was found at 2:31 pm in what Amenia Fire Company spokesman Aaron Howard described as hazardous terrain. After reaching the victim safely, the rescue crews stabilized him in order to do a low-angle rope rescue.

Before the hiker could be sent to Albany Medical Center for more care, it took almost two hours to stabilize him and get him off the trail.

Jason Watson, the fire chief of Millerton, called the incident A successful solution for the injured hikers was achieved through a difficult rescue that necessitated the collaboration of multiple authorities across three counties and two states.

According to Amenia Fire Chief Christopher Howard, “We are incredibly proud of the teamwork demonstrated by the Amenia Fire Company and our partners in the Northwest Rope Rescue Team.” This triumphant operation highlights the value of ongoing training and readiness and demonstrates our dedication to providing exceptional emergency response services.


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