Northfield man rescued after early morning fall down  river bank

ERVING — Firefighters rescued a Northfield man from the base of a steep embankment early Sunday morning after a mysterious fall.

Turners Falls Fire Capt. Michael Morin said the man was conscious and swearing but unable to tell emergency workers how he came to fall down the embankment on the Erving side of the Millers River by the Bridge Street bridge.

“He was hurt pretty bad, I don’t know how he got there, he doesn’t know how he got there, but he fell down — I don’t know — probably 25 feet,” Morin said.

Sgt. Corey Greene of the Erving Police Department identified the man as Wesley Johnson, 56, of Millers Falls Road in Northfield.

Greene said Johnson was intoxicated and alcohol appeared to be a factor.

Morin said the man landed on rocky ground and had to be hoisted up the bank in a rescue basket after Morin, another firefighter and a Baystate Health Ambulance paramedic climbed down to administer pain medication and strap him to a backboard.

Morin said the Greenfield and Turners Falls technical rescue team hoisted Johnson to street level, where he was transported by a BHA ambulance then put on a LifeFlight helicopter.

Sunday evening Johnson was listed in stable condition at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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