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Hiker rescued from Hook Mountain in Nyack, officials say

An injured hiker was rescued Monday Dec. 21,

An injured hiker was rescued Monday Dec. 21, 2015 after he fell from a cliff at Hook Mountain State Park and was entangled in a tree for hours. Photo Credit: WNYW-FOX5

A hiker who fell down a mountainside, clinging to a ledge 140 feet above the Hudson for several hours, was in the hospital Tuesday after being rescued the day before.

Officials said the man, who was not identified, was hiking on Hook Mountain in Nyack when he fell about 12:30 p.m. Monday. He slid about 400 feet down the side before grabbing the ledge.

Nyack Fire Department technical mountain rescuers found the hiker on the mountain, where he held onto a ledge for about three hours, before they were able to carry him to safety just before 4 p.m. Monday, the Journal News of Westchester County reported.

The Journal News said the 35-year-old man, who suffered leg and hip injuries, called for help using his cellphone. The man, who authorities told the paper was from Freeport, had walked off the trail and climbed an embankment before he fell down the steep mountain, his fall broken by a tree.

Information from The Journal News was used in this report

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