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Rescue crews hiked in about a half hour on the Hickey trail carrying medical supplies and rescue equipment.

Hiker rescued on Monument Mountain

Great Barrington — Just after noon on Saturday, November 7, the Great Barrington Police Department, Fire Department, and Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad were dispatched for a 61-year-old female hiker on Monument Mountain who was complaining of chest pain and dizziness.

The Sheffield Fire Department responded with their ATVs and the Egremont Fire Department provided additional rope rescue-trained firefighters.

Rescue crews hiked in about a half hour on the Hickey trail carrying medical supplies and rescue equipment. The patient was found alert but weak and shivering, likely suffering from dehydration. Medics were able to start an IV and administer fluids.

She was carried a short distance in a Stokes basket rescue stretcher to Inscription Rock. From there ATVs were able to transport her to the base in a rescue trailer. Crews were off the mountain by 2 p.m. The patient was transported to Fairview Hospital. She was visiting the area from Oregon and her condition is not thought to be serious.

–E.E.

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