MERIDEN — A woman was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital after falling 65 feet and rolling 120 feet near Castle Craig on Tuesday.
Firefighters were dispatched to Hubbard Park around 12:22 p.m. for a report of a person that fell and possibly had head injury, Chief Ken Morgan said. Two engines initially responded, but a third engine was added to the incident.
A woman fell 65 feet and rolled another 120 feet downhill near the flagpole by Castle Craig, Morgan said. Firefighters used technical rescue skills and carried the woman up to the upper parking lot, he stated. A helicopter from New York responded and took the woman to the hospital with head, knee and abdomen injuries, Morgan said. She was conscious but “not responding appropriately,” at the scene, he said. No other information about her condition or identity was immediately available.
Mutual aid was called in from Southington, Middletown and Wallingford to cover the town. A Middletown crew was actively taking a call in town, Morgan said. Crews had to be careful in the humidity and stay hydrated during the rescue.
“We train for this kind of thing,” Morgan said of technical mountain rescues. “We had a good game plan going in and it seemed to go fairly well.”