New York officials rushed to help after a Hudson Valley man climbed 70 feet up a tree.

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On Aug. 3 at 7:55 p.m., Forest Rangers Quinones and Schweider responded to a call for a despondent subject in the Neversink River Unique Area.

Rangers and deputies from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office found the 46-year-old man from Wurtsboro about two hours later. The unnamed man was about 20 feet up a tree and did not answer when search crews called out to them, officials say.

Wurtsboro, New York Man Climbs Tree 70 Feet Off Ground, Refuses To Come Down


The man then climbed an additional 40 to 50 feet up the tree. He was about 70 feet off the ground as officials tried to convince him to come down.

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Around 11 p.m. a friend and the Sullivan County Crisis Negotiation Team arrived to help.

Around 12:15 a.m. he climbed down the tree. Members of the Rock Hill Fire Department, Rangers, and Sullivan County Sheriff's Deputies then walked the man to the trailhead where he was taken by Rock Hill EMS to the hospital.


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