Emergency crews rescue flip-flop-wearing man trapped on hillside

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PITTSBURGH - Emergency crews rescued a man who was stuck on a hillside near the Homestead Grays Bride Friday afternoon.

Authorities said the man, who tried to take a short cut to the Monongahela River and got stuck, called 911 around 11:40 a.m.

The man told dispatchers he was trapped about 100 feet down a steep, wooded hillside on the north side of the river. He was unable to go down or up.

“We couldn't see him through the canopy, but we were able to hear him,” Acting Rescue Division Chief James Holman said.

Authorities said crews used ropes and pulleys to rappel to the man, then secure him in a harness and help him down to the bottom of the hill.

The man, who wore flip-flops for his journey, had cuts on his feet but no serious injuries, Holman said.

Authorities halted train traffic on nearby railroad tracks as a precaution during the rescue, which took about an hour.

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