July 15, 2014

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Two, stuck for hours in bucket, rescued

(Photo: Jim Lennon)

MIDDLE HOPE – Two men were stranded for several hours inside a lift bucket that was stuck in the extended position, up over 140 feet high in the air, at United Rentals on Route 9W in the Middle Hope section of the Town of Newburgh on Monday.

It took rescuers over five hours to bring them down with firefighters from the Kiryas Joel Fire District using their 130-foot tower ladder in the rescue.

When they were brought down, John Tice, 29, of Barryville, declined medical aid. Kyle Hults, 31, of Thompson Ridge was transported to the Newburgh Campus of the St. Luke's-Cornwall Hospital for evaluation.

Newburgh Town Police Chief Michael Clancy said the men went up in the lift sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday and were stranded in the air somewhere between 5 1/2 and seven hours before their rescue.

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