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May 04, 2021

Injured Hiker Rescued From Hartshorne Woods Park on Saturday

Courtesy of Sea Bright Fire Rescue

On Saturday, May 1 around noon, an injured hiker was rescued from Hartshorne Woods Park by Middletown and Sea Bright volunteer firefighters.

Dennis Fowler, spokesman for the Middletown Fire Department said the lone hiker somehow became injured while hiking on a steep, “rogue” trail leading to the Navesink River. When help arrived, the hiker was trapped on a 100-foot steep embankment over the river.

Rumson First Aid members had already begun treating the hiker for injuries. Other fire rescue arrived after hiking a half-mile to reach the scene.

The firefighters performed a “technical rope rescue” to bring the hiker to safety. According to The Patch, the hiker had to be put into a stokes basket and then lowered using ropes and pulleys down the 100-foot embankment to the river. The hiker was then put into an awaiting Sea Bright Fire Rescue boat and transported to an ambulance at Black Fish Cove.

All units were cleared from the scene by 1:40 pm.

The following fire companies were involved in the rescue: Community Fire Company’s Rescue, Brevent Park, and Leonardo Fire Company and Sea Bright Fire Rescue marine units, Middletown’s Emergency Medical Service Department, and Rumson First Aid operated safely under the supervision of Middletown Township Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Anthony Fulciniti.