Woman airlifted to Baystate following rafting accident

  • A LifeFlight helicopter landed at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School in Charlemont Sunday afternoon to transport a 52-year-old woman to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The woman was involved in a rafting accident in Monroe. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • A North Adams ambulance arrives at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School in Charlemont, where a 52-year-old woman was picked up by LifeFlight Sunday afternoon. The woman was involved in a Monroe rafting accident. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

Recorder Staff
Published: 9/5/2016 12:40:26 AM

MONROE — A 52-year-old woman was airlifted by LifeFlight to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield Sunday afternoon following a Zoar Outdoor rafting accident.

The call for paramedics went out at around 2 p.m. The rafter was sucked underwater and was initially unconscious.

Rowe Police Chief Julie Shippee was the first to respond to the Trail Head Picnic Area on River Road, where the woman and her family had emerged from the water.

“When I got there, they had her out of the water,” Shippee said. Because the woman’s family members had medical backgrounds, Shippee said the situation was under control, but the woman suffered from fluid in her lungs.

The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department responded. The woman was transported in a North Adams ambulance to Hawlemont Regional Elementary School in Charlemont, where a LifeFlight helicopter was able to land at around 2:50 p.m. The helicopter took her to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

The Charlemont police and fire departments assisted to secure the landing area.

When contacted Sunday afternoon, Zoar Outdoor Co-Owner Karen Blom chose not to comment.




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