First responders rescued from Passaic River in Clifton
First responders were lifted out of the water after being stranded on a boat during an active rescue on the Clifton side of the Passaic River on Wednesday.
Witnesses tell reporters that contractors were out on the Dundee Dam clearing trees when a person fell from a boat and into the river.
As fire crews attempted to rescue the contractor, a fire boat flipped over in the water and stranded two firefighters from the Clifton Fire Department.
Video captured the dramatic moments a rescue worker repelled down roughly 100 feet from a New Jersey State Police helicopter via a rope to lift the two firefighters one-by-one from the boat.
The first rescue appeared to be easier than the second, with gusty winds and strong currents picking up as the operation continued.
After a first unsuccessful attempt to rescue the second firefighter, the helicopter was able to circle back and the rescue worker was able to secure the stranded firefighter on the second try and lift them safely onto land.
Other first responders could also be seen along the banks of the river aiding in the rescue.
There’s no word yet on any injuries or the condition of the contractor who initially fell into the river.
No further details have been revealed so far.