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Deerfield River recreation goes badly for Fitchburg man

DEERFIELD — A young man was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after an accident while jumping into the Deerfield River a little upstream from the Stillwater Bridge.

Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said the man, a 22-year-old Fitchburg resident, apparently slipped while attempting to jump off a cliff into the river and fell about 35 feet into the water, hit a rock on the way down and injured his head.

“There were other people there who helped him to shore,” Ruddock said.

Old Deerfield Assistant Fire Chief Daren Melnick said the man’s injuries were serious but not life-threatening, and he was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

The patient, who police would not identify by name pending notification of his family, was taken from the scene at 6:46 p.m.

Ruddock said there have been medical calls there in the past.

Sunderland, South Deerfield and Greenfield agencies assisted.

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