Man rescued from bottom of Atkisson Dam

  • Rescuers work at the base of Atkisson Dam in Abingdon Wednesday morning, where a man, in red, suspended himself from a rope on the dam's spillway. The man was taken to a local hospital and received a citation for trespass. The dam is owned by the U.S. Army.
Rescuers work at the base of Atkisson Dam in Abingdon Wednesday… (Photo courtesy of Joppa-Magnolia…)
February 12, 2014|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Emergency crews rescued a man who was tangled in a rope and trapped at the bottom of the Atkisson Dam in Harford County on Wednesday morning.

The man was not in the water of the dam but was suspended above the spillway side on a rope, according to the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, one of several local responders at the scene. The man was not injured but was taken to a hospital for exposure to the cold. Rescue crews were called by numerous people shortly before 7 a.m. and the fire company said the man had been removed at about 8 a.m.

Singer Road, which was closed between Clayton Road and Montrose Way for the rescue, has reopened.

The Atkisson Dam, which is federal government property, once held a water supply for the U.S. Army, but was never used for that purpose. The reservoir behind it is largely filled in with silt. Another man's body was found at the dam in July last year.

Aberdeen Proving Ground officials, who are responsible for the property, said the area is marked "No Trespassing" and said the man was issued a citation for trespass. His name was not released.

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