Rescue crews pull man trapped by rock from Green River

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Several Franklin County fire and rescue squads joined forces Monday night to rescue an injured fisherman trapped by a heavy rock in the water in Greenfield.

river rescue greenfield webGreenfield Fire Captain Jesse Phelps told 22News an unidentified man in his 30’s fell about ten feet down a waterfall/dam beneath the Meridian Street Bridge which goes over the Green River at about 4:30 p.m. Monday

Captain Phelps said the man tumbled onto a pile of loose boulders, and a 450-pound rock pinned him in the water from the hips down.

Crews set up their temporary rescue command post on Meridian Street, which is just off of Route 10 near the Green River Park.

Chief Strahan told 22News, “It was a lengthy extrication. (Greenfield firefighters) were assisted by Turners Falls Fire, South Deerfield Rescue and the Northfield Dive Team. The patient was taken to a local trauma center. He was alert and conscious when we rescued him from the water. The extrication took about an hour and a half.”

Captain Phelps said the victim was taken via Life Flight helicopter from Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Captain Phelps said the man had suffered an arm injury. He did not know the victim’s identity.

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