June 22, 2018
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Woman rescued after sliding 25-30 feet down side of Rockland quarry

Courtesy of Rockland Fire Department
Courtesy of Rockland Fire Department
Rockland and Thomaston fire departments worked to rescue a young woman who slipped down the side of w a water-filled quarry Tuesday afternoon.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A local woman was rescued Tuesday afternoon after she slid 25 to 30 feet down the steep face of a water-filled quarry.

Assistant Rockland Fire Mikial Mazzeo said he could not discuss whether she was injured because of privacy laws, but he did state that she did not require hospitalization. Mazzeo also would not release the woman’s name because it involved an EMS call.

The woman, approximately 20 years old, and a female cousin were sitting atop the side of the quarry skipping rocks to the water down below. The edge of the quarry is lined with gravel, and the woman slipped and slid down about 25 to 30 feet before being able to stop herself, about 25 feet from the water.

She tried to climb back up but was unable, Mazzeo said. The woman remained stuck about midway between the water and top of the former limestone quarry located at the end of Pleasant Street near the townline with Thomaston.

The woman’s cousin called for help with her cellphone shortly after noon. Members of the Rockland Fire Department/Emergency Medical Services, Thomaston Fire Department and Thomaston Police Department quickly arrived to help.

Rockland Firefighter Patrick Lowe was lowered down the side of the quarry attached to a rope and a harness. When he reached the young woman, he strapped her into the harness and the two were lowered to the water level where the Thomaston Fire Department had launched an inflatable boat. Thomaston fire was able to launch the boat after driving down an access road to the bottom of the quarry.

Thomaston Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Leo said two Thomaston firefighters were in the 14-foot boat, met Lowe and the woman and put a life vest on her before taking her in the boat. Leo said he didn’t know the exact depth of the water, but that it “is very deep.”

The woman and Lowe were then brought to shore. The rescue took about one hour.

The quarry is owned by the nearby Dragon Products cement plant. Thomaston Police Chief Kevin Haj said Dragon was setting up a barricade Tuesday to prevent other people from gaining access to the side of the quarry.

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