SOUTHINGTON - A 30-year-old male climber is being treated for serious non-life threatening injuries after falling around 30 feet on Ragged Mountain Friday night.
The call came in around 8:15 p.m., Southington Fire Department Battalion Chief Glenn Dube told The Herald.
The man, who’s identity is not being released yet other than he is not from the local area, was climbing with a group of five others when his gear malfunctioned and he fell onto a ledge, Dube said. The man was then lowered another 30 to 40 feet by his crew to the base of the cliff.
Crews made contact with the man around 8:40 p.m. after driving about half a mile on a private driveway off Carry Street, and then hiking about another mile to where the man was, Dube continued.
The man was then carried out of the woods and to paramedics by around 9:20 p.m. with the use of a Utility Terrain Vehicle from Meriden because of the narrow, rocky, steep path at night, Dube said. A UTV is a four wheeler type vehicle designed to carry patients. Berlin provided equipment and manpower assistance.
The man was then transported to a LifeStar helicopter, which was requested and landed at the dam near Wassel Reservoir, Dube said. He was flown to the hospital around 9:40 p.m.
“Our guys did a really good job getting him out as quickly as they did,” Dube said of the 25-30 firefighters that were involved in the operation.
Plainville and Cheshire provided coverage of the town during the incident.
The cliffs, which fall on the Southington side of Ragged Mountain near the Berlin town line, are among the most popular climbing spots on the East Coast, Dube added.
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