3 hikers rescued after leaving trail at Hook Mountain in Nyack

NYACK (WABC) -- Three hikers were rescued Monday after they ventured off trail at Nyack Beach State Park, climbed up part of Hook Mountain and got stuck on a plateau where they couldn't go any further and couldn't get back down.

Two women and one man got stuck at around 1:30 p.m., according to Nyack Fire Chief Vincent Reid, with only the man able to make his way to the bottom. He then called authorities, who dispatched the same Nyack Fire Department High Angle Rescue Team that had to make a similar high-elevation rescue last week.

New York State Park Police lowered rescuers to the stranded women, who were harnessed and brought down.

"I'm great, I'm glad they came to save us," said one of the rescued women, who did not want to be identified. "We just decided to climb and it was just unsafe to continue or come back down. Our friend made it, but we couldn't."

The rescues happened about 250 feet up, just one week after a similar incident 400 feet up in a different area on Hook Mountain.

Reid said there are signs all over the place telling people to stay on the trails if they don't want to get hurt. These three, and the men from last week, didn't heed those warnings.

The hikers -- a 22-year-old from Irvington, a 22-year-old from Corona and a 21-year-old from Germantown -- were uninjured, but they were all issued summonses for going off an established trail.
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