Holyoke firefighters aid injured swimmer, hiker on Labor Day 

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Published: 9/7/2021 9:43:11 AM

HOLYOKE – Holyoke firefighters and police engaged in two rescues on Labor Day involving an injured swimmer off Route 5 and an injured hiker on Mt. Tom.

Firefighters, police and an ambulance crew responded to a 911 call shortly after noon from an injured hiker on Mt. Tom.

Firefighters used an ATV to access the 37-year-old man who had injured his ankle and was unable to walk. He was located several hundred feet off the access road to the radio towers, on a section of the Metacomet Monadnock Trail that follows the peak of Mt. Tom, according to the Holyoke Fire Department.

The man was assisted out of the trail by firefighters, then transported by ambulance to a hospital.

At around 3:15 p.m. the Holyoke Fire Department responded to the Dinosaur Tracks Park on Route 5 for a 911 call reporting an injured swimmer.

The crew found a 54-year-old man on the bank with a hip/leg injury who had apparently slipped on wet rocks, according to the Holyoke Fire Department. The park is on the shore of the Connecticut River and is a popular spot for swimmers and kayakers.

The crew used a “stokes basket” stretcher to carry the man up the steep access area and to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to a hospital emergency room.

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