2 rescued after fall near C&O Canal towpath in Montgomery Co.

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:

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:

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital reporter and editor in June 2018. He is a writer and photojournalist focusing on politics, political activism and national affairs, with recent multimedia contributions to Reuters, MSNBC and PBS.

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