Thursday, February 16, 2012

News: MA Hiker Falls Off Trail


Rescue crews from Amherst and South Hadley have rescued a man who fell 25 feet off a trail at Mount Holyoke Range State Park. It happened at around 11:30 P.M. Wednesday at the M&M Trail, one of the highest and steepest points at Mount Holyoke Range State Park. According to Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson, 22 year-old Scott Merrick of South Hadley, and a female companion were there together when Merrick suddenly fell. The woman called police and a rescue was launched. Rescue personnel set up a command center at the visitors center building. Around 12:30 A.M., Merrick was located. Rescuers lifted him free using a system of ropes and pulleys, freeing him around 4:00. They were not able to talk to him, but he was alert and awake, though he appeared to have several cuts and bruises. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he is listed in “good” condition.

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