MONTVILLE, NJ – A Wayne man found himself in the dark and unable to get back up and off an incline at Pyramid Mountain Sunday, and the result was a seven EMS-organization rescue effort at the park.
The 20-year-old hiker fell off a short cliff at the park at an overlook, and Park Police dispatch received his 9-1-1 call at approximately 9:15 p.m. June 16, according to Park Police spokesman Det. Paul Williams. The police were in touch with the hiker and his friend the entire time, Williams said. The sun had already set at 8:30 p.m., adding another facet to the rescue.
Morris County Park Police, Montville Township Police, Montville Vol. Fire Dept., Montville Twp. First Aid Squad, Kinnelon Borough Fire and Rescue, and St. Claire’s paramedics responded.
“The Morris County Rope Rescue Team was dispatched from the Public Safety Academy facility in Parsippany, because they do technical rescue,” said Montville Fire Chief Ron Baldwin. Technical rescue involves tools and skills that are beyond those normally used in firefighting. “Because of the rugged terrain, it was faster and safer to load the patient into a stokes basket and use the ropes to lower the patient down the incline. Once we got him past the ‘deep section,’ the various EMS professionals hand-carried the patient out of the park.”
Williams said the man was transported to Morristown Medical Center for injuries sustained to his arm and “the contributing factors to this incident are still being determined.”
“This was a joint effort by multiple organizations,” Baldwin said. “All the professionals worked well to get the patient out as quickly as we could.”
The rescue effort took about an hour, he said.
Baldwin also wanted to take the opportunity to warn residents to hike Pyramid Mountain with the proper equipment and knowledge.
“Pyramid Mountain has some rugged terrain,” he said. “Over the past few weeks, the Montville Fire Department and the First Aid Squad have responded to a lot of lost and injured hikers. Please follow the trail markers and leave enough time to get out before it’s dark.”
Baldwin said that rescues over the past few weeks have included an entire lost family, and a dog in distress that unfortunately did not survive.
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