Crews Rappel Down To Reach Victim In Alpine; Firefighter Also Hurt

ALPINE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Crews rescued a man Sunday afternoon after he was seriously injured upon falling down a cliff in Alpine, N.J.

Just before 4:30 p.m., Palisades Interstate Parkway police responded to Henry Hudson Drive south of the Alpine Boat Basin, after reports that someone had fallen from the Palisades Cliffs into Greenbrook Falls.

Officers found a woman at the scene who said her husband – Julio Beltran, 49, of Fairview, N.J. — had fallen. They found him lying injured at the bottom of the cliff, along with a second uninjured man – Juan Martinez, 36, of Cliffside Park, N.J., who had scaled down to help him.

Martinez had fallen about 100 feet.

Paramedics were sent to the scene, and Beltran was rescued and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center in a Medevac helicopter, police said. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries.

Martinez was also rescued by rappel teams and walked away from the scene.

Fort Lee fire Battalion Chief Chris Ipek also suffered minor injuries during the rescue, as he fell several feet before his rope captured him, police said.

Police later learned that Beltran deliberately walked around the bridge wall nearby when he then slipped and fell.

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