State trooper low­ered by rope to res­cue hiker, dog

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

A lost hiker and his dog are safe after a New Jer­sey state trooper was low­ered by rope down a cliff to reach the man, who was hold­ing on to a tree.

The res­cue hap­pened Mon­day night in the dark and rain after the hiker called 911 to say he was trapped on an in­cline along a trail in Fredon Town­ship.

Troop­ers Russell Cahn and Sean Sul­li­van lo­cated the man and the dog. The troop­ers were wor­ried about hy­pother­mia.

Body cam­era video shows Cahn and fire­fight­ers low­ered Sul­li­van by rope to reach the man. The hiker’s dog was hoisted to safety be­fore the man was raised by the rope and was treated at the scene by EMS.

The res­cue took nearly two hours.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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