Crews rescue man found at bottom of embankment in Derby

DERBY — A man who was found at the bottom of a 100-foot embankment on the shore of the Naugatuck River early Monday was rescued by emergency personnel using a litter to bring him up the rocky slope.
It’s not sure how the man, in his 30s, ended up at there, said First Assistant Fire Chief Tom Lenart, Jr. “He’s not sure how he got there, either,” Lenart said.

The man was transported to St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven where he was in stable condition in the hospital’s trauma center.

Lenart said that, although the man sustained some injuries, they were not life-threatening.

He said a couple of people walking near the Main Street entrance to the Derby Riverwalk —at the Atwater Bridge on Route 34 — saw the man and called 911 about 9:40 a.m.

It’s not known how long the victim, who was concious during the rescue, was lying on the embankment before he was spotted.

Crews needed to bring the victim up by a rope system using the litter, which is a basket specifically designed for use on slopes, because of the distance and because of the rocky nature of the area.

“It was tricky,” he said.

Members of the Storm Ambulance Corps, Derby Fire Department and Valley Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

A number of people on the riverwalk, in an area near the Derby train station, watched the rescue, which took nearly half an hour to complete.; 203-330-6496;

Anne Amato