HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Fire Department, assisted by police and ambulance personnel, aided two men on Labor Day who were injured in separate hiking and swimming accidents.
At approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday, the fire department was called to the Dinosaur Tracks Park on Route 5, on the shore of the Connecticut River, for an injured swimmer, said Capt. Kevin Cavagnac. The 54-year-old man, whose identity was not released, was found on the bank with a hip or leg injury after apparently slipping on wet rocks, Cavagnac said.
The crew used a “Stokes basket” stretcher to to carry the man up the steep access road and to a waiting ambulance, Cavagnac said. He was brought to Holyoke Medical Center.
In a separate incident, shortly after noon on Monday, the fire department aided an injured hiker at Mount Tom, Cavagnac said.
The department used its all-terrain vehicle to help the 37-year-old hiker, who injured his ankle and was unable to walk, Cavagnac said. The hiker was found several hundred feet off of the access road for radio towers on a section of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, he said.
The hiker was brought out by firefighters and then taken by ambulance to Holyoke Medical Center, Cavagnac said.
The area is popular for recreation, especially on holidays, and there were many people there, Cavagnac said.
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