Man rescued and safe from middle of Black River in Springfield
Susan Smallheer / Staff Photo
Rescue crews prepare to go in the river after a man, seen in background, stuck on a rock in the middle of the river in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD - Rescue crews from Springfield and Hartford's swiftwater rescue team Tuesday morning saved a young man from the middle of the Black River, after he apparently jumped off the Fellows footbridge into the river and got stuck on a rock in the middle.
Springfield's fire department does not have a swiftwater rescue team and thus called in Hartford.
At one point a man who said he was the young man's father arrived at the scene and he was quickly interviewed by police.
Firefighters were stationed on different islands nearby but this stretch of the river is treacherous ; rescuers were afraid the man may have hypothermia. The rescue was quick; the man was placed on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.
We will update this as soon as we have more information.