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Dirt biker rescued after getting stuck in Halfmoon quarry

Dirt biker rescued after getting stuck in Halfmoon quarry

A dirt biker was being treated late Friday for injuries sustained when he became stuck in a Halfmoon

A dirt biker was being treated late Friday for injuries sustained when he became stuck in a Halfmoon mud pit.

Chief Mark Smith of Halfmoon-Waterford Fire District 1 said the unidentified biker, who was in his 20s, rode into a wet, muddy area of the Constantine Quarry off Button Road and became stuck in the mud.

“We believe he tried to free the bike from the mud and got stuck himself,” he said.

The biker, unable to free himself, called friends, who were unable to help and called for assistance. When firefighters received the call at 7:42 p.m., the biker had been stuck about two hours.

Smith said the biker was about thigh-deep in the mud. The danger represented was prolonged exposure to the cold water, Smith said, along with water pressure on his legs.

“He was never under the water, he was never in that kind of danger, but he was never going to be able to dig himself out,” Smith said.

About 40 firefighters and paramedics — and eight emergency vehicles — responded. The rescue took about two hours.

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