HAGUE, N.Y. (AP) - Two rock climbers from New York City have had an outing to remember: They spent hours in the dark dangling from ropes hundreds of feet over an Adirondack lake.
State environmental conservation officials say Cedric Bien, 28, and Susannah Gue, 27, were descending the 700-foot-high Rogers Rock on Sunday when their rope got snagged, leaving them stuck part way down the cliff towering over the northern end of Lake George.
A camper at the nearby Rogers Rock state campground alerted a caretaker around 6:30 p.m. A team of state forest rangers launched a rescue operation Sunday night, with one of them rappelling 450 feet down the cliff to reach the stranded climbers.
Bien and Gue were then lowered to the base of the cliff early Monday morning.
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Members of the community of the Riverdale section of the Bronx gathered above the site of the crash of a metro-north train to pray for the injured and the dead. Four passengers were killed and more than 60 injured when the commuter train heading to Manhattan from Poughkeepsie derailed Sunday morning near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
Commuters who rely on Metro-North trains to get to and from New York City will need to make adjustments to their regular travel plans. Expect reduced service on the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers following Sunday's deadly train derailment in the Bronx.