Brewster firefighters recently rescued a man who had gotten trapped inside a mine located behind the Brewster train station.
Firefighters were dispatched at about 9 p.m. Sept. 17 to what is known as Marvin Mountain, when a group of explorers called for help when their friend became trapped. It was determined that the man and four friends went exploring into the sealed-off mines when the man got stuck on a lower ledge. His friends tried for hours to get him out and eventually realized they couldn't.
Brewster firefighters, under the direction of Captain Christopher Frank, traversed the steep, dark terrain to reach the hole the explorers climbed into. Firefighters Pete Segreti and Keith Rusinko were lowered into the mine to begin the extrication process.
A high-angle rope rescue operation was set up to remove the uninjured subject, and shortly after midnight – and after spending nearly seven hours trapped – the man was removed from the mine and reunited with his friends.
“Brewster firefighters did an excellent job under dangerous conditions, including dodging bats at first and then pouring rain,” the department stated.