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Man Rescued After Falling Off Cliff In New Jersey Palisades

Victim Suffers Non-Life-Threatening Injuries After Fall
(file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Palisades Interstate Park Cliffs (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass)

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — First responders rescued a man who fell off a cliff in the New Jersey Palisades Sunday.

Around 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Palisades Interstate Parkway police received a 911 call from a family member of a man who had fallen off a cliff near the Rockefeller Lookout in Englewood Cliffs. Officers searched the area and were able to communicate with the man, who was alert and conscious below.

Rappel teams worked for nearly three hours to rescue the victim, who was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center in stable condition with non-life-threatening traumatic injuries, police said.

Police learned the man walked east from the marked trail about 50 feet through brush and trees to reach the edge of the cliff. The cause of his going over the edge remained under investigation, but police did not believe anyone else was involved.

The area where the man fell was graded, with an overall distance of 125 feet from the point where he fell to the point where he landed, police said.

The victim was a 45-year-old man from Chestnut Ridge in Rockland County.

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