SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - 22News has the exclusive story of a 19 year-old man that was rescued overnight on top of Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield.
Around 11:30PM Tuesday, the victim called 9-1-1 to alert police that he fell on the observatory tower. Immediately, police and several neighboring fire departments rushed up to the mountain to rescue the man.
Deerfield Police Sgt. Michael Krusiewski told 22News that when they arrived, they found the man seriously injured. It's believed the victim fell between 30 to 35 feet; police also say they believe he was intoxicated.
There were plans to take the young man to the hospital via helicopter, however that was canceled due to weather conditions. Rescue crews ended up bringing the victim back down the mountain, but it was a difficult process.
In an exclusive interview, Capt. John Zellman of the Turners Falls Fire Department told 22News, "It took us about 40 minutes to set everything up, and the lower [the victim] down the staircase. We didn't have much to anchor to so we had to setup a good anchor system to attach our rope systems to."
Sgt. Krusiewski said the 19 year-old is from South Deerfield, but he was not able to release the identity at this time. However, he told 22News that the young man is recovering at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and is expected to be okay.
Police are charging the man with underage drinking and trespassing,since the reservation closes at sunset.