450-pound boulder pins man in Greenfield river


GREENFIELD (AP) -- Rescuers worked for longer than an hour to free a man who became pinned under an estimated 450-pound boulder in the Green River in Greenfield.

The man in his 30s was flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he was freed at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. His name was not released.

Fire Capt. Kyle Phelps says the man was fishing when he slipped about 10 feet into the water, dislodging several large rocks, one of which pinned his hips in about two feet of water. While his lower torso was under water, his chest and head remained above water.

With the water temperature in the mid-60s, rescuers became concerned about hypothermia.

Rescuers used airbags and hydraulic equipment to lift the rock and free the man.


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