A 35-year-old man is in a Boston hospital being treated for injuries after a rope swing he was on broke, sending him down the rocks at the quarry by Plum Cove School.
The man sustained significant injuries from the fall, according to a statement from police Chief Edward Conley and f ire Chief Eric Smith.
Police and firefighters responded to the quarry by the school on Hickory Street on a report at 10:36 a.m. Saturday that a man had fallen down the rocks.
Police said an initial investigation revealed the man had been using a rope swing when it broke, causing him to fall down the rocks at the quarry.
Police and fire officials worked together to navigate the quarry rocks down a hill as they carried the man to a nearby field to be transported by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital. They also used an off-road utility vehicle to move the man from the area.
"Our police officers and firefighters worked tirelessly to transport this individual to a safe location," Smith said. "Walking down those rocks, especially while transporting an injured person, was challenging and required perseverance and teamwork from each of them."
"The collaboration between the Police and Fire departments during this incident was truly outstanding," Conley said. "We're fortunate in Gloucester that our public safety departments work so fluidly together. Well done to each of the officers and firefighters that responded to this scene today."
This story will be updated at gloucestertimes.com and in Monday's edition of the Gloucester Daily Times.