CT Firefighters Injured in Rope Rescue

10/07/2011
Three New Haven (CT) firefighters were injured Thursday in the rope rescue of a female climber who was stuck on a cliff. The woman was reportedly trapped in a crevice under an outcrop. Two firefighters dangled from ropes to rescue the victim. The panicked hiker was close to letting go from the rock face, according to a release from the New Haven (CT) Fire Department. She was on the phone with 911. Firefighters started a high angle rescue from above, however her position on the rock made it so that firefighters could not see her. Lt. Jay Schwartz climbed from the bottom up to recon her position. When they could see her she was only hanging on by her thumbs. Circumstances dictated action,...

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