Firefighters worked for more than an hour to remove a man from the Green River on Monday night who was trapped between two 450-pound rocks.
"I just heard this loud yell, ‘Oh my God, help me,'" Ken Anderson, who was fishing off the same bank as the man who was trapped, said. "I ran right over there, and I couldn't do anything."
Firefighters say the victim was in his 30s and somehow fell into the river and was trapped between the rocks. He was in chest-high water.
"So it was very challenging for the first arriving companies to perform the rescue," Greenfield fire Chief Robert Strahan said.
He says fire departments from Turners Falls and South Deerfield responded, as well as Northfield's Dive Team. They used power tools and the Jaws of Life to remove the man in about an hour and 20 minutes.
Strahan said hypothermia was a concern with the water being only 56 degrees.
"The guys worked as hard as they could and as fast as they could to remove him as safely as they could," he said.
The man was transported to Franklin Medical Center before being flown to a trauma center in Springfield.
"He was conscious and alert and talking, in some pain, but other than that, I have no other details," Strahan said, adding the victim would not be identified.
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