Westfield police and fire rescue woman stuck in river

Police: People are not supposed to be swimming in the Westfield River

The reduced water levels on the Westfield River was what ultimately triggered the water restriction. (WNG File Photo)

WESTFIELD, Mass. (The Westfield News) –The Westfield police and fire departments helped rescue a woman who was stuck in mud in the Westfield River, Thursday evening.

Westfield Police and Fire Departments received a call for two women in the river around 5:30 p.m. The two women became stuck in the mud and one was able to get herself out, while the other was unable to free herself and became injured. This prompted the response from police and fire.

Personnel from both departments initially had difficulty locating the two women, since they had to find where in the Westfield River they were. They first responded to Pochassic Road, but later found that the two were located off of Carol Drive.

Police were able to locate the victims first and were able to free the woman from the mud prior to Westfield Fire Department’s arrival.

Westfield Fire paramedics transported the woman, who remains unnamed, to Baystate Noble. The condition and injuries are also unknown at this time.

A total of four police vehicles and five fire vehicles responded to the call.

According to Westfield Police, people are not supposed to be swimming in the river but it’s not posted everywhere. Sgt. Jeff Baillargeon noted that, “If you’re not a strong swimmer don’t go in. We do four or five drownings in the Westfield River a year.”

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