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Digital technology helps N.Y. rescuers locate injured hiker

Croton-on-Hudson first responders were initially unable to reach the injured hiker, who fell 50 feet down an embankment, because the trail was washed out



By Makiya Seminera
The Charlotte Observer

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Rescuers sprung into action after receiving a call that someone had fallen up to 50 feet down an embankment in New York, officials say.

A call about a fall at Croton Gorge Trail came in around 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Croton-on-Hudson first responders began searching for the person, the village’s fire department said in an Oct. 29 Facebook post.

In their search, rescuers found the woman who fell “in the wooded hill between the Gorge Park and the upper trailway,” according to the fire department. The park is 97 acres, which includes the Croton Dam and Croton River, according to Westchester County Parks.

But responders’ ability to reach the woman was initially hindered, the fire department said. The pathway to the woman was washed out due to previous heavy rainfall, which restricted emergency vehicles from accessing her.

Eventually, rescuers reached the woman using RapidSOS.

It took responders about 15 minutes for “packaging the patient and getting her to the awaiting ambulance,” according to the fire department. After being checked out by medical personnel, they determined she had “head and other non-life-threatening injuries,” the post said.

EMS took the woman to Westchester Medical Center, according to the fire department.

Croton-on-Hudson is 45 miles north of New York City.

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