Two people were rescued by rope after falling from a cliffside near the C&O Canal towpath on Thursday morning.
Montgomery County rescue crews in Maryland worked to free a hiker and a photographer who had tumbled down rocky terrain and become trapped early Thursday, fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said.
Images showed crews working to free them off a relatively secluded part of the towpath, west of the Old Anglers Inn and Great Falls parking lot on Macarthur Boulevard:
ICYMI (~8a) @COcanalNPS between Old Angler’s boat ramp & Great Falls Tavern IAO ‘Widewater’, hiker/ photographer got into a tough & couldn’t get out, no injuries, 2 adult was extracted via ‘rope evacuation/rescue’, no injuries, ~30 @mcfrs rescuers responded (temps in 60s) https://t.co/wWfb5UkaaV pic.twitter.com/vWYIFV0dN8
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 18, 2021
First responders were unable to remove them via the rocks at first, but they were ultimately evacuated by rope to a rescue boat on the Potomac below.
There were no injuries, Piringer said. About 30 rescuers responded to assist.
Below is a map of the area: