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Couple found clinging to side of 40-foot embankment after fall, Virginia rescuers say

A couple was rescued after falling 10-25 feet down a 40-foot embankment in Suffolk, Virginia, officials said.

A couple was rescued after falling 10-25 feet down a 40-foot embankment in Suffolk, Virginia, officials said.

Screen grab/City of Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue via Facebook

A couple was rescued after falling partly down a 40-foot embankment in Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 9, officials said.

Rescuers were called to 4100 Block of Mockingbird Lane in Suffolk around 4:15 p.m. and found “two elderly individuals” who had fallen 10 to 25 feet down the embankment, according to a Facebook post from the City of Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue.

They were found clinging to the side of the embankment, the department said.

Rescuers used ropes, harnesses and “descent devices” to lower themselves down to the couple, officials said. The couple then “ascended the embankment with rescuers using ropes and an engineered haul system.”

The department posted photos of the rescue on Facebook.

Paramedics assessed them for injuries once they reached the top of the embankment, but neither was hurt.

No other information about the rescue had been released as of Monday, Jan. 10.

Suffolk is about 40 miles west of Virginia Beach and about 80 miles southeast of Richmond.

Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



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