A 25 year-old hiker lost his footing on a wet trail Sunday morning and fell.
He was injured and couldn’t get himself out of the woods.
After searching for his cell phone for two hours, he was able to call 911 for help.
Orange Fire & Rescue tells Western Mass News they received the call from the injured man around 7:30 this morning.
Local police and fire departments went to search for the victim.
All on duty staff for the fire department was busy transporting an unrelated patient to a hospital in Springfield, meaning everyone who responded was off duty and came straight from home.
The Western Mass Regional Technical Rescue Team was requested for help because of the difficult terrain and the location of the injured hiker.
They realized the victim had rolled down a hill 15-20 feet and then fell off a ledge another 10-12 feet, landing on his back.
First responders hiked to the man with medical supplies.
The man was conscious and alert, but needed a medical helicopter that was then denied due to weather conditions.
The rescue team then set up a rope system to get the man out of the woods.
By 10 a.m., he was safely out of the woods and sent immediately to Athol Hospital for treatment.
From there, he was sent to UMass-Worcester to be treated for his injuries.
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