Two hikers were evaluated by paramedics this evening after being rescued from atop a 40-foot cliff on Joe's Rock in Wrentham tonight. One of the men was clinging onto the cliff for more than an hour.
"He had one foot on a tree limb sticking out his two hands holding onto a crevice in the rock. He couldn't move either way from that point," said Chief Jay McMorrow of the Wrentham Fire Department.
Both hikers are 27-years-old and are from the area. Rescuers say they were sight-seeing and are not experienced hikers. The pair had free-climbed about half way up the ledge before they realized they could not get down. The second hiker was able to use his cell phone to call for help from a ledge.
"It's a town owned recreational area. It's about 110 ft face. They weren't hurt, but they could not get down from the rock," said Chief McMorrow.
The conditions on the rock were icy and snowy from the weekend storm. The rescue was a difficult one.
"We have to pay close attention to how we rig everything. It's very simple for something like this to go very, very wrong," said rescuer Leo Reardon of the Canton Fire Department.
But time was of the essence. With temperatures dropping the possibility of hypothermia was becoming more real.
"With him being as tired as he was and as cold as he was time was defiantly a huge factor for it," said Reardon.
It took about 2 hours to bring both hikers safely down to the ground.
"They had been up there so long they were having a hard time moving. They had to be assisted down," said Team Leader Robert Spurr of the Avon Fire Department.
One of the men was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated. The second was released.