WARWICK TWP., Pa. - All hands were on deck for a water rescue Tuesday afternoon in Chester County.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene of Saint Peters Road in Warwick Township, Chester County after a man jumped into a quarry around 5 p.m.
"With the angle of departure, the location and being in the water, I called for the technical rescue team immediately," said Twin Valley Fire Chief Tom Hornberger.
Hornberger said the victim was complaining of numbness in the legs, so the chief called in a rescue team from Valley Forge.
They had to scale a 30 degree slope and used ropes and a basket to rescue him from the dangerous waters. They then airlifted him to the nearest hospital.
"That is horrible. Honestly, I do not know why they would jump. It is not the smartest idea. But hopefully they are alright," said Larissa Dentamaro of Wayne.
Those who frequent the area tell us that although the quarry is fenced off, it does not stop people from taking the plunge.
"There are always people up there jumping off. Like as we speak, there are people up there now," said Sally Janetka in Warwick Township.
But residents say so often it ends badly and they would advise people to stay away from the murky water.
"Years ago there was a couple of 18 year olds that died jumping in there and it does not surprise me that someone hurt themselves today. It is just sad," said Janetka.
"It is horrible to hear. My prayers go out. But you have to be careful," said James McBrearty of Birdsboro.
Police have not released the victim's name and there is no word on his condition.
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