A man was rescued by police and fire crews from the Mahwah River in Suffern on Thursday, Sept. 12, after he fell at least 30 feet from a bridge and was stuck in the water for a few days, police said.
The man, who was later identified as a 47-year-old Montebello resident, was found farther down the river from where he fell and told first reponders he had been stranded for three days.
Police said the victim was sitting up in the water. Rescuers had to climb down a steep rock embankment in order to get to reach him.
“When we got down to the river, the victim seemed pretty out of it definitely, dehydrated,” said Ryan Ortiz, fire battalion chief, “probably in pain from his injuries, maybe been even in shock. He couldn’t really do much physically.”
He was transported to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with leg injuries and possible hypothermia.
Police said it was unclear what the man was doing on the bridge when he fell, but the bridge is not safe for walking.