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Injured Man Rescued From Muddy Marshes By Piermont Fire Department

A man was saved by the Piermont Fire Department after falling into a marshy area.
A man was saved by the Piermont Fire Department after falling into a marshy area. Photo Credit: Westchester County Police

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Piermont firefighters from the marine unit found themselves rescuing another person stuck in the marshy area Thursday, the second such rescue in five days, according to the Piermont Fire Department.

The divers were called into action around 2:45 p.m., after a man, part of a group of four, fell down a steep embankment near the marshy shore and fell in, severely injuring his knee at the same time, said former chief and fire department spokesman Daniel Goswick.

"Luckily one of the people with them stayed on the edge of the marshy area to help guide us to the injured man," Goswick said.

Once on scene, near Crumkill Creek, two divers were able to wade and dive into the marsh to get to the injured man. But eventually, it took four of the divers, including Goswick to get the man into an inflatable boat and transport him back to their boat, he said.

He said the high tide at the time helped them navigate the waters, but the sharp grasses in the marsh are sharp enough to cut, making the rescue more perilous.

The man was taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment and the others were given a lift to their 15-foot boat.

Goswick said Sunday's rescue, in which two women had gotten stuck in the mud of Crumkill Creek in their kayak, was much harder because of the low tide, and the muddy conditions. He said that rescue was a success because of help from the New York City Police Department chopper unit.

"They are the best there is, we are lucky to have access to their help, Goswick said.

Marine units from Nyack Fire Department and Westchester County also responded to Thursday's event and were on standby.

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