Hiker rescued after falling off ledge in Orange

ORANGE — A Tully Mountain hiker was rescued and transported to the hospital Sunday morning after rolling down a hill and falling off a ledge.

The 25-year-old man lost his footing on the slippery trail, causing him to roll down a hill approximately 15 to 20 feet and then fall off a 10-foot ledge onto his back, according to a statement posted to Facebook by Orange Fire Rescue. The hiker had been down for approximately two hours before being able to find his cell phone and call 911.

Around 7:30 a.m., Orange Police were called to rescue the victim.

Using GPS coordinates from the call, police were able to determine the area where the hiker fell. Due to the slippery terrain and knowledge of the victim’s injuries, police requested assistance from the Western Mass Regional Technical Rescue Team as well as personnel from the Athol Fire Department and the Royalston Fire Department.

First-arriving fire department personnel hiked to the patient with medical and extrication supplies. A medical helicopter was initially requested but was denied due to the weather.

The patient was “conscious, alert and in good spirits throughout the operation,” according to Orange Fire Rescue.

He was assessed and treated for his injuries as the Tech Rescue Team set up a rope system to remove the patient. The hiker was “fully extricated” around 10 a.m. and taken to Athol Hospital for immediate treatment. After, he was transferred to UMass Worcester.

Author: Going Green

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