UPDATED: Foxborough Fire Saves Man Who Fell into River After Leaving Patriots Game
The man was transported to an area hospital Sunday night after suffering head and neck injuries from a 15-foot fall into Neponset River near North Street in Foxborough.
UPDATE (Jan. 21, 2013, 7 p.m.) - Foxborough Fire & Rescue personnel performed a water rescue Sunday night at Neponset River near North Street after a man leaving Gillette Stadium fell into the water while walking along the nearby railroad tracks.
“Gentleman was walking over the tracks after the [Patriots AFC Championship Game], obviously a patron of [Gillette Stadium], and fell off of the bridge, approximately 15 feet into the river below,” said Foxborough Fire Captain Ed Noonan.
The man, said to be in his 50s, suffered head lacerations and unknown head and back injuries, according to Noonan. The man was transported to Norwood Hospital after Foxborough Fire was notified Medflight was not available due to high winds.
“Originally we were going to Medflight him to Rhode Island but with traffic and all of that we just took him to Norwood Hospital,” Noonan said.
In addition to the injuries, Noonan said the man was hypothermic.
“He was soaked,” Noonan said.
A passerby called in the incident just before 10:15 p.m. Foxborough Fire & Rescue was on scene shortly after and began the extrication process, which lasted about 20 minutes, according to Noonan.
“Initially we thought it was going to be a difficult extrication but sufficient manpower and some equipment allowed us to be able to carry him down stream and then up over a wall,” Noonan said. “The only reason it went so smoothly is because we had the manpower.”
Original Post (Jan. 21, 2013, 1 p.m.) - Foxborough Fire & Rescue personnel performed a water rescue Sunday night at Neponset River near North Street after a man reportedly fell in while walking along the nearby railroad tracks, according to reports.
The man suffered head and neck injuries after falling approximately 15 feet from the tracks into the river, according to The Sun Chronicle.
The incident occurred just before 10:13 p.m., according to reports. A Medflight was requested but later canceled because of high winds. The Sun Chronicle reports the man was rescued with ropes and ladders and transported to a nearby hospital.
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