Updated: Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011, 7:19 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011, 7:19 AM EDT
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Emergency crews rescued two women from a Connecticut mountain after one of them fell more than 60 feet down a cliff and the other was injured trying to help her friend.
Authorities say it took nearly four hours late Tuesday and early Wednesday to rescue 20-year-old Tiffany Maxfield of Southington and 22-year-old Lauren Pinto of Middletown from Beseck Mountain in Middlefield.
Both women were brought to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries but are expected to recover.
Officials say Maxfield lost her balance and fell while Pinto got injured and stuck trying to climb down to Maxfield. A nearby resident called authorities after hearing calls for help, while one of the women managed to call state police.
Rescuers used ropes to climb down the cliff and pull the women back up.